The Harrisburg August Doldrums
Monday, August 12, 2013
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG – Even though not much is happening on the General Assembly calendar during August, PLNA continues to work with legislators and staff to position your issues for action this fall.
PLNA’s key legislative priority, assuring that high tunnels (hoop houses) are not taxed a real estate, stalled in late June when the House and Senate agriculture committees could not reach agreement on bill language. Hopefully, the summer will bring a fresh perspective and the bills can be moved to the Governor’s desk for signature in the fall. For background on the high tunnel issue, search the PLNA website with the keywords "high tunnel.”
PLNA also has been working with Senator Mike Brubaker and his staff to craft a fertilizer bill that follows sound science and does not place unnecessary regulatory burdens on small lawn care businesses. As yet the bill has not been introduced. For background on the draft fertilizer bill, search the PLNA website with the keyword "fertilizer.”
The General Assembly has a full plate this fall. Governor Corbett’s three legislative priorities, privatization of the state liquor store system, funding for highway and bridge repairs and state pension reform, did not get done with the state budget in June as the Governor desired. Any one of these legislative priorities alone would be a major accomplishment.
Clearly, the pressure will be on as the gubernatorial and legislative elections roll around in 2014. Controversial legislation is always tougher in an election year.
PLNA will be working this fall to move its legislative priorities along despite the looming larger issues election year pressures.