Failure to keep it under control — through an approved barrier or container — would make property owners liable for damage to neighboring properties.
Sen. Clark J. Chapin, R-New Milford, ranking member of the Environment Committee, said during the floor debate last week that the issue might have received the most interest of any bill during the panel’s public hearing process.
“It has been an ongoing problem,” he said. “While some people may think that a better approach would have been making this an invasive species, the Invasive Plants Council actually considered that and decided this particular species did not meet that definition.
“We did recognize that it is a very big issue for a lot of people in the state of Connecticut,” Chapin said.
I’m sure it’s an important matter, and I’m not at all surprised that it’s a bigger issue than our yawning budget deficit or ammunition permit requirements, but is the legislature really so underworked that it can devote floor debate time to this? New Hampshire requires its legislators to stay at home tending to their own business, and only lets them come to the capital once every two years to wreak havoc. That’s an example we could emulate, to our benefit.