With the holiday season drawing near, Washington state lawmakers are weighing new legislation that would make Christmas trees legal in the state.
The new law would apply to any trees grown after Jan. 1.
It’s part of an effort to curb wildfires and reduce carbon emissions that have contributed to global warming.
But the measure has not been adopted by the Legislature.
Some lawmakers worry it will be used to limit the amount of trees that can be grown in the next year.
The legislature last year approved a measure that would ban trees on private property.
The proposed legislation is also designed to help address the environmental effects of growing trees in the winter.
The Washington State Senate last year passed a bill that would have legalized growing trees on privately owned property, but that measure died in the House.
The current legislation would allow tree grows to be legalized on public lands, but the state Department of Ecology would have to certify that trees would not pose a risk to human health and the environment.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife would be required to certify trees would be safe for human consumption.
The bill would also require the state’s Department of Transportation to certify the tree is compatible with state roads.
It would prohibit the sale of tree-growing products or services.