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Bills aim to combat invasive albizia trees

File image of an albizia tree. File image of an albizia tree.

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Two lawmakers are pushing legislation that would deal with invasive albizia trees, thousands of which fell and caused damage during Tropical Storm Iselle in August 2014.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1STXc37) Puna Democrat Sen. Russell Ruderman and Kailua Kona Democrat Rep. Nicole Lowen have proposed companion bills that call for trees to be removed from areas from highway rights of way while treating those that are nonhazardous with a pesticide.

The $5 million in funding for the plan would apply only to controlling the invasive tree on Hawaii Island.

Both bills had their first readings Jan. 27 and are not yet scheduled for committee hearings.

The weak and brittle trees that fell during the 2014 storm caused damage to homes, closed off roadways and cut power to many Puna residents.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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