Tree protection ordinances targeted by Republicans, defended by city officials
An ongoing power struggle between state and local officials has made its way into Texans’ yards. State lawmakers on Monday took public input on one of several bills filed this year that would restrict the ability of cities to ban residents from cutting down trees on their properties. About 50 Texas cities have enacted such “tree protection” ordinances in an effort to preserve a natural aesthetic or protect property values — among other reasons. Republican lawmakers view the regulations as an assault on private property rights. But several city officials said they reflect the values of citizens in their communities and that whether […]
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