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Bill Clarifying Language for T and M Contracts Signed by Governor

ContractHARRISBURG - A bill (HB 1543) to clarify how time and materials contracts may be used under the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act of 2008 was signed by the governor October 22, 2014 and became Act 160 of 2014. The 2008 law requires all home improvement contractors, including landscape contractors, to register with the state attorney general and requires specific language to be used in all home improvement contracts... (more)

Governor Signs Bill to Exempt High Tunnels from UCC

High TunnelsHARRISBURG – Governor Corbett signed into law HB 1440 which exempts high tunnels, and all other agricultural structures in which crops are grown, from the Uniform Construction code. With his signature on October 22, 2014, HB 1440 became Act 159 of 2014. The act takes effect immediately. After being stalled in the Pennsylvania Senate for over a year, the bill gained new life after PLNA teamed up with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of... (more)

Bill Rolls Back Riparian Buffer Requirements

HARRISBURG – Governor Corbett signed HB 1565 on October 22, a bill that would weaken the protection afforded exceptional value and high quality streams by forested riparian buffers. The bill would make forested riparian buffers optional, rather than mandatory. Despite bipartisan opposition in the Senate and opposition by PLNA and a broad coalition of environmental groups, the bill passed narrowly and was sent on the governor for signature. PLNA had urged the governor... (more)

Ash Borer Attacks New Tree Species

Emerald Ash Borer

DAYTON, OH – Researchers at Wright State University believe that they have found emerald ash borers (EAB) feasting on white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), a smaller ornamental tree native to the eastern U.S., but found as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. Up to this point, emerald ash borer had been found exclusively in ash species. The EAB has destroyed millions of ash trees in the Midwest and Northeastern states. Given its voracious appetite, the thought that it... (more)

AmericanHort Urges Congress to Take Action for Pollinator Health

Bee hivesWASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), the Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, introduced legislation that would require the federal agencies to take greater action to deal with some of the parasite and disease factors impacting the health of managed bees, specifically focusing on Varroa mites. The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to expedite... (more)

Turf Grass Fertilizer Bill Dead?

Lawn SpreaderHARRISBURG – With only six more session days left in the 2014 General Assembly, SB 1149, the EPA-backed turf grass fertilizer bill will probably die at the end of the session November 30. The bill now sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee and would need to pass both the Senate and House to become law, a scenario that is very unlikely this late in the game. PLNA has opposed the bill for two main reasons: The bill as written would provide no environmental or water quality... (more)


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11/1/2014
2014 Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

11/4/2014
Consumer willingness to pay for certified disease-free and water-conserving ornamental plants

11/6/2014
Western PA Fall Greenhouse Meeting

11/6/2014
Vegetative & Riparian Buffers for Environmental Stewardship on Poultry and Livestock Farms

11/10/2014 » 11/14/2014
Pesticide Applicator Short Course