LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has voted to restrict municipalities' ability to regulate the removal or trimming of trees on private property.
Under a Republican-sponsored bill approved 23-15 on Thursday, local governments could still have rules protecting "heritage" trees - trees that are at least a certain height and are not diseased, dying or otherwise a safety threat.
The legislation was passed largely along party lines in the GOP-led chamber and will be considered next by the Republican-controlled House. It would apply for vegetation on agricultural, business, commercial or industrial property.
Municipalities could not prohibit or require pre-approval for the trimming, felling or removal of vegetation, except for heritage trees. They also could not impose fees or fines or require landowners to plant replacement trees.
Senate Bills 1188-94: http://bit.ly/2RlBPeN