Sunday, May 22, 2011

City hopes House rules can save tree ordinance - San Antonio, TX

City hopes House rules can save tree ordinance - San Antonio Express-News

A bill that would nullify San Antonio's tree ordinance in the extraterritorial jurisdiction was approved by the Senate on Friday and is now headed to the House, where local legislators hope to kill it on a technicality.

Despite last-minute efforts by San Antonio Senators Leticia Van de Putte and Jeff Wentworth to strip an amendment offered by Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, that will also impact every other urban tree ordinance in the state, HB 1665 was passed on a 24-7 vote Friday afternoon.

Van de Putte and Wentworth argued on the Senate floor that the tree ordinance was vital to protect the mission at Camp Bullis and the Army's $2 billion investment in San Antonio. Clear-cutting of trees near the training facility forces the endangered golden-cheeked warbler to move to Army land, limiting its use for training, Van de Putte said.

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