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TAG: Legislation

NJNLA backs Horticultural Therapy Week, launches campaign

March 23, 2015By

In step with the New Jersey Senate passing legislation that designates the third full week of March as “Horticultural Therapy Week” in New Jersey, the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association (NJNLA) donated plants and shrubs to create a display that ran from March 16 to March 20 at Goldfinch Square in the New Jersey Statehouse. Spearheaded by the American... read more

Government Affairs: Unfinished business

November 4, 2014By

As the 113th U.S. Congress comes to the end of its term in December, many are calling it the most unproductive Congress in history. Partisan wrangling rather than constructive legislative work seemed to have been the order of the day throughout this Congress’ two-year history. Left undone are at least three pieces of legislation that could help landscape contractors. Putting... read more

What I’m Reading Wednesday: Immigration reform talk rears its head

May 14, 2014By

Immigration reform is a perennial issue for the landscape industry. The promise of Congress passing a comprehensive bill to address the nation’s broken immigration system doesn’t come about very often, but it reared its head again this week. Obama: 2-3 months for immigration reform Politico Earlier this week President Obama said legislators on Capitol Hill have only about two to... read more

Green Industry: Immigration reform needed

July 31, 2013By

More than 400 leading U.S. businesses and advocacy organizations–including the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), Irrigation Association and the American Nursery & Landscape Association–signed a letter calling on the U.S. Congress on July 30 to enact immigration reform legislation. This move came one week after nearly 200 people participated in PLANET’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill event in Washington D.C.,... read more

Immigration passes Senate: What’s next?

July 2, 2013By

Last week the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, Congress’ first serious attempt at comprehensive immigration reform since 2007. The bill, hammered out by a bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight,” led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), passed with a majority of 68 to 32 that included all Democratic and 14 Republican... read more

Colorado embarks on ‘turf war’

February 13, 2013By

DENVER—According to an article in The Denver Post, city lawmakers all over Colorado are hearing both sides of the pesticide and herbicide debate. “The battle is so pitched that local lawn-and-garden pros fear that a Canadian-style ban on pesticides and herbicides looms and they’ll be left without a powerful tool to fight landscape-decimating pests and weeds,” the article states. To read the... read more