Last week, S-2505, known as the “Vegetation Management Response Act” was scheduled for a full vote before the Senate. The League opposed the bill as it would give electric utility companies complete discretion to clear, move, cut, or destroy vegetation growing in, near, or adjacent to the utility’s right of way and without input from municipal officials. We urged our members to contact their legislators to express those concerns.
Thanks to your calls, S-2505 was removed from the scheduled vote and the bill’s sponsors have met with the League. While serious concerns remain we are hopeful that with an open dialogue amongst interested stakeholders may result in a solution that achieves the sponsors’ goals and preserves local discretion.
Meanwhile it is still important for you to continue to contact your legislators to express your concerns. Your legislator’s contact information can be found using the state’s website, which breaks this information down by municipality. And, for more information on the implication of S-2505/ A-2558 please see our daily alert from December 14.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x137.