Also on Monday, the House passed a bill that would increase the amount of damages that landowners can collect for stolen Christmas trees.
Under present law, the state and private landowners can’t collect more than $3 per tree in a civil lawsuit if someone cuts, breaks or removes a Christmas tree from public or private land.
But when it comes to other kinds of timber or trees, landowners presently can collect three times the actual value of trees that are cut, damaged or removed. Someone also can be convicted of theft if he or she intentionally trespasses on public land and removes trees.
You mean current law provides an exemption for tree theft, as long as it was stolen to be used as a Christmas tree? WTF?