Thursday, May 17, 2018

House Committee Meets May 24 On Bill To Encourage Use Of Native Vegetation Along Highways

The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on May 24 to consider House Bill 2131 (Quigley-R-Montgomery) encouraging PennDOT to plant native vegetation along highways (sponsor summary).
“(This legislation encourages) the Department of Transportation to plant vegetation, which has been identified by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as being native to Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Tom Quigley.  “In this way, native vegetation planted along highways will thrive because those plants are better adapted to local conditions. Native vegetation is also more likely to support wildlife, while discouraging invasive plant species in our fair Commonwealth.”
Under the bill PennDOT is required to consult with DCNR to develop a list of particular species of vegetation that can be used for roadside plantings.
The bill also includes a process for PennDOT to allow for planting nonnative species where it is no feasible, provided they are deemed not invasive or detrimental to the environment.
Click Here for a sponsor summary of the bill.
The meeting will be held in Room 205 of the Ryan Building.  It will be held Off the Floor, meaning sometime after the House breaks from its morning session.  Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican Caucus website.
Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3179 or sending email to: jtaylor@pahousegop.com. Rep. William Keller (D-Philadelphia) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-5774 or sending email to: wkeller@pahouse.net.

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