New Noxious Plant Bill Moves in State Senate
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG – The Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act, introduced as a bill by state Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill), was reported out of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee last week. The bill is now sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee awaiting action there. The House has not voted on the bill.
The bill would regulate plants with undesirable characteristics and tendencies. This new bill is an expansion of the noxious weed control authority that the Department of Agriculture (PDA) now has.
The proposed law, Pennsylvania SB 1110, would create two types of regulated plants: noxious weeds and controlled plants. A new Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee would have the ability to classify plants into one category or the other. Noxious weeds would be banned completely or very closely regulated and controlled plants would be allowed to be grown under a permit issued by the Department.
The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in drafting the proposed law, going through some six drafts over three years before arriving at the current bill language. The green industry will have a voting representative on the Controlled Plant Committee.
If you have comments on the new bill, please call (717.238.2033) or email Gregg Robertson, PLNA government relations consultant.