Senate Committee to Take up Turf Fertilizer Bill
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG - An EPA-backed bill to regulate the application of turf grass fertilizer has been scheduled for action by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for Tuesday, February 4.
The committee meeting has been scheduled "off the floor” which means that there is no specific time for the meeting, but that it will be called sometime that day by the chairman while the Senate is in session.
PLNA has been told by committee staff that they expect the bill to be approved, but that they don’t expect the bill to move after that.
However, once the bill leaves the committee, whether the bill moves or not is up to Senate leadership, not the committee.
Taking No Chances
PLNA is taking no chances and has sent a letter to the committee chairman, Senator Elder Vogel, and all committee members outlining our extensive concerns with the bill.
The letter outlined two main objections to the bill:
No Environmental Benefits
First, the bill as written would provide no environmental or water quality benefit to the Chespeake Bay, and actually may have a detrimental impact on Bay water quality.
It will Cost You Money
And second, the bill would impose real costs on the lawn care industry for no environmental benefit.
Click here to download a copy of the letter sent to the Senate committee. To download a copy of the full text of SB 1149, click here.
Speak Out Now!
PLNA also sent a legislative alert to the entire membership, asking members to email their state senator through PLNA’s legislative action center.