Bamboo Bill Moves To Governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are sending the governor a bill that would penalize people who fail to contain the growth of bamboo on their property.

The state House of Representatives voted Thursday, 130-3, to approve the legislation requiring a variety known as running bamboo to be set back at least 100 feet from abutting property.

It also requires people who sell or install running bamboo to educate customers on the plant’s growing habits and recommended containment methods.

A fee of $100 is prescribed for violators of either requirement.

The bill makes people who plant running bamboo liable for any damage the bamboo causes to neighboring properties, including the cost of removing any bamboo that spreads to neighboring properties.

The measure passed the state Senate unanimously last week.

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