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Gregg Robertson, Landscape Management's government relations blogger, is a government relations consultant for the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA) and president of Conewago Ventures. From 2002 until May 2013 he served as president of PLNA. Reach him at

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Government Affairs: Congress defers action on H-2B program until after midterm elections Posted on 02 Oct 2018 in the Blog categories.

The H-2B returning-worker provision and some modest H-2B reforms did not make it into the fiscal year 2019 federal appropriations bills, as business advocates had hoped. Appropriations bills, except DHS... Read more»

Government Affairs: Will the H-2B returning-worker provision be approved by Congress this fall? Posted on 04 Sep 2018 in the Blog categories.

This summer, the landscape contracting industry has faced what may be the tightest labor market in its history. With the economy running at full tilt, the unemployment rate at near... Read more»

Government Affairs: Tick-, mosquito- and flea-borne diseases at all-time high Posted on 06 Aug 2018 in the Blog categories.

For an industry that spends most of its time outside, the increase in diseases caused by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas should be a huge concern. Data from the Centers for... Read more»

Government Affairs: The state of immigration, H-2B reform in Congress Posted on 03 Jul 2018 in the Blog categories.

  For a moment in mid-June it seemed like the stars might be aligning for getting the returning-worker exemption reinstated in the H-2B visa program. If reinstated, the returning-worker exemption... Read more»

Government Affairs: OSHA silica dust rule one year later—are you complying? Posted on 05 Jun 2018 in the Blog categories.

Last Sept. 23, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) silica dust rule went into effect. This regulation is designed to protect workers from exposure to excessive levels of airborne... Read more»

Government Affairs: Louisiana bill could halt professional certifications by private organizations Posted on 02 May 2018 in the Blog categories.

A bill recently introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives could bring a halt to the use of private professional certifications in that state. Certifications that are offered by trade... Read more»