Monday, February 11, 2019

Keystone Tree Fund To Be Considered Feb. 19 By House Transportation Committee

The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 374 (Everett-R- Lycoming) establishing the Keystone Tree Fund to support tree planting programs by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on February 19.
The bill authorizes a voluntary $1 checkoff on drivers and vehicle license applications to support a new Keystone Tree Fund to provide funding to DCNR’s TreeVitalize Program (40 percent) and for Riparian Forest Buffer Grants (60 percent).
The new Fund is intended to supplement the existing capacity of these programs (sponsor summary).
A companion bill is pending in the Senate-- Senate Bill 108 (Yaw-R-Lycoming).
The meeting will be held in Room B-31 of the Main Capitol starting at 12:15. Committee meetings are typically webcast through the House Republican website.
Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3431 or by sending email to: Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-3589 or by sending email to:
(Photo: Rep. Garth Everett, prime sponsor.)

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