Update: The legislative session adjourns Monday – and Austin City Council members can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
All of the bills below disappeared into the legislative black hole – that is, they either never made it out of committee, or were never cleared for a vote.
Update (March 26): Here’s some additional bills that meet the Austin City Council’s definition of “Austin bashing” – legislation that would defang local policies.
- HB 1858, Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin)
The bill would ban cities from restricting the removal of trees if a developer or land owner deems the tree to be a fire hazard. Opponents worry the bill provides a work-around the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance, and point to an additional piece of Workman legislation, HB 3087, as creating additional development loopholes for removing trees.