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Rep. Camillo’s Tree Bill, H.B. 5655, Passes House

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo’s (R-151) proposed bill, H.B. 5655, An Act Concerning a Property Owner’s Liability for the Expenses of Removing a Fallen Tree or Limb, passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

“H.B. 5655 protects vulnerable property owners while ensuring that healthy trees are never touched,” said Rep. Camillo.  “This bill received unanimous approval by the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and had support from members on both sides of the aisle, residents across the state and several tree conservation groups, especially the Connecticut Forests and Parks Association. I am pleased that this bill received passage after many years of hard work.”

The bill establishes certain conditions under which a real property owner is liable for the removal of a tree originally on their property that has fallen onto an adjoining property. If an adjacent property owner believes that a tree, limb or branch is likely to fall onto their property they must have a licensed arborist perform an on-site inspection and document the results. The arborist must conclude that the tree, limb or branch is likely to fall within five years of the inspection. The owner of the property where the tree is situated must be notified and has up to 90 days to either treat or remove the tree.

H.B. 5655 passed the House of Representatives 107-39 and now awaits action in the Senate. The 2017 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concludes at midnight on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Please click here or on the image below to watch the video of Rep. Camillo’s speech on the House floor.