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SF 1688

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/03/2017 09:15am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; appropriating money for shade tree replacement.


Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of agriculture for grants of up to $1,000,000 to cities,
counties, towns, and park and recreation boards in cities of the first class for the development
of response plans, and for the treatment, removal, and replacement of publicly owned shade
trees damaged by or lost to forest pests or disease, or to establish a more diverse community
forest better able to withstand disease and forest pests. The commissioner must give priority
to grant requests to plan, remove, and replace trees within emerald ash borer quarantined
counties. For the purposes of this appropriation, "shade tree" means a woody perennial
grown primarily for aesthetic or environmental services with minimal to residual timber
value and no intent to harvest it for wood. This appropriation is available until and must be
encumbered by June 30, 2019.
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