House Bill to cut trees along state highways dies in committee
By Maria Saporta
For tree lovers, the crisis has been averted.
House Bill 501, which would have allowed the cutting of trees along interstates and the state’s limited access highways, failed to make it out of the House Rules Committee.
It therefore has died a timely death, at least for this year.
“Whew,” was the reaction of Marcia Bansley, founder of Trees Atlanta.
The news was confirmed by Neill Herring, the lobbyist for the Sierra Club, according to Wilton Rooks of Gainesville.
As reported earlier this week in SaportaReport, Rooks said: “This is a draconian bill that will devastate Georgia highways.”
It had passed the House Transportation Committee in a 7 to 5 vote.