PA 10-20—HB 5320

Environment Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENFORCEMENT OF PROHIBITED ACTIONS CONCERNING CERTAIN INVASIVE PLANTS

SUMMARY: This act authorizes conservation officers, special conservation officers, and patrolmen appointed by the environmental protection commissioner to enforce the law against growing, distributing, or buying invasive plants. The penalty for violating the law is a fine of up to $100 per plant. By law, full-time conservation officers have the same powers as police officers or constables have in their jurisdictions to (1) enforce the laws and (2) make lawful arrests in connection with criminal matters.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

Invasive Plants Ban

The law bars people from importing, moving, selling, buying, transplanting, cultivating, or distributing any of 80 listed invasive plants, with exceptions for (1) moving plants for research, eradication, or educational purposes and (2) cultivation only for research. The ban also applies to any of the reproductive portions of a listed invasive plant, including seeds, flowers, roots, and tubers. By law, violators are subject to a fine of up to $100 per plant and violations are treated as infractions.

Related Law

By law, the agriculture commissioner and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station director may prohibit or regulate the transport of plants and plant material liable to carry dangerous pests and enforce other provisions of the law concerning plant and insect disease and infestation. The director may inspect nurseries, nursery stock, and pet stores for violations of the invasive plant laws at a reasonable time.

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