Release: Bill Signed into Law “This new law will clarify for our local fire officials how the fire code is to be enforced. Local fire authorities will still be able to remove unsafe trees after measures to improve safety are not observed; however, the cherished tradition of having a natural cut Christmas Tree in a church will no longer be arbitrarily prohibited.”
2015 Wisconsin Act 333 AN ACT to amend 101.14 (2) (b); and to create 101.02 (1m) and 101.02 (7e) of the statutes; relating to: seasonal placement of a Christmas tree in the rotunda of the state capitol building or in a church.
Testimony AB 648 is a bill that if signed into law will clear up some confusion regarding an Administrative Rule at DSPS. As a state, we brought on this ambiguity by creating a clear carve-out to NFPA 2000 regarding Christmas trees and rescinding that exclusion without further clarification when NFPA 2008 was adopted.
Press Release Press release from Rep. Kremer, Rep. Vos and Sen. Nass
Bill Text Text of LRB 4158/1
Co-Sponsorship Memo Some communities, like Milwaukee and Merrill, have presumed that natural cut Christmas trees are permissible until a complaint is received. These communities have provided written guidance regarding safeguards that must be followed. However, some fire chiefs in smaller communities are imposing a flat out ban on natural cut trees with little to no explanation.