Bill Text: TX HB70 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a property owner's right to remove a tree or vegetation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 44-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-25 - Left pending in committee [HB70 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB70-Introduced.html
  85S10320 JTS-F
 
  By: Workman H.B. No. 70
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a property owner's right to remove a tree or vegetation.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 240.909(b), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 250.009, the [The]
  commissioners court of a county subject to this section may
  prohibit or restrict the clear-cutting of live oak trees in the
  unincorporated area of the county.
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Chapter 250, Local Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 250.  MISCELLANEOUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AUTHORITY
  [OF MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES]
         SECTION 3.  Chapter 250, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Section 250.009 to read as follows:
         Sec. 250.009.  REMOVAL OF TREE OR VEGETATION.  (a)  Except as
  provided by Subsection (b) and Section 240.909, a municipality,
  county, or other political subdivision may not enact or enforce any
  ordinance, rule, or other regulation that restricts the ability of
  a property owner to remove a tree or vegetation on the owner's
  property, including a regulation that requires the owner to file an
  affidavit or notice before removing the tree or vegetation.
         (b)  This section does not prevent the enforcement of an
  ordinance, rule, or other regulation designed to mitigate
  tree-borne diseases as recommended by the Texas A&M Forest Service.
         SECTION 4.  Chapter 202, Property Code, is amended by adding
  Section 202.013 to read as follows:
         Sec. 202.013.  REGULATION OF TREE OR VEGETATION REMOVAL.
  (a)  A property owners' association may not include or enforce a
  provision in a dedicatory instrument that restricts the ability of
  a property owner to remove a tree or vegetation on the owner's
  property, including a provision that requires the owner to file an
  affidavit or notice before removing the tree or vegetation.
         (b)  This section does not apply to:
               (1)  a provision in a dedicatory instrument designed to
  mitigate tree-borne disease as recommended by the Texas A&M Forest
  Service; or
               (2)  an area of an owner's property that is in a
  specified drainage or conservation easement shown on a plat
  recorded with the applicable political subdivision.
         SECTION 5.  Section 202.013, Property Code, as added by this
  Act, applies to a dedicatory instrument without regard to whether
  the dedicatory instrument takes effect or is renewed before, on, or
  after the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect December 1, 2017.
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