Tree Trimming Bill

9 years 11 months 3 days ago February 21, 2007 Feb 21, 2007 Wednesday, February 21 2007 Wednesday, February 21, 2007 2:07:48 PM CST in News
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Electric companies would have broader power to trim trees near power lines under legislation a House panel is considering. The measure by Representative Rodney Schad sets distances from power lines that utilities are allowed to trim trees and other vegetation, even without a landowner's permission. The distance out, from ten to 75 feet, is determined by whether the lines are in a city or county and how much power they carry. The legislation also allows utilities to go further if needed to maintain reliable power, as long as owners get a week's notice before trimming. The bill comes after a series of winter storms disrupted power to hundreds of thousands around Missouri, often for many days.

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