A public hearing on Bill 5258 will be held before the CT General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 pm. Here are details on the public hearing.
Full details on this bill, including the text of the bill and public hearing testimony, can be found on the bill’s web page.
Bill 5258 would establish a procedure by which one neighbor would be able to recover clean-up costs from a second neighbor should a tree from the second neighbor’s property fall onto the first neighbor’s property. Part of the process involves inspection of the tree by an arborist (as defined by Section 23-61a of the General Statutes). Presumably, this inspection would be paid for by the first neighbor.
This bill is very similar to a bill passed by the General Assembly in 2014 and then vetoed by the Governor. This is discussed in a letter from the bill’s sponsor discussing what has changed between that earlier bill and this one. This letter is included as part of the Public Hearing Testimony on the bill’s web page.