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EPA-Backed Turf Grass Fertilize Bill is Back

March 4, 2015
HARRISBURG – The federal EPA-backed bill to regulate the application of turf grass fertilizer is being re-introduced in this session of the General Assembly by Senator Richard Alloway (R–Franklin County)... (more)

Turf Grass Fertilizer Bill Dead?

October 1, 2014
HARRISBURG – 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... (more)

Pa.'s Chesapeake Bay Report: Good News/Bad News

July 14, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD - A recent assessment by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) found that Pennsylvania has exceeded some of its Chesapeake Bay clean up goals and fell short of others... (more)
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Lawn Fertilizer Bill Moves Forward

May 5, 2014

HARRISBURG - The Senate bill to regulate the application of turfgrass fertilizer (SB 1149) took a step closer to a vote by the full Senate in April when it was referred to the Appropriations Committee. Before a vote by the full Senate can occur, a bill must be considered by the Appropriations Committee where the committee can analyze the fiscal impact of the legislation... (more)

EPA-Backed Turf Fertilizer Bill Approved by Senate Committee

February 26, 2014
HARRISBURG, PA - As expected, the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee voted 9-0 on February 4 to approve an EPA-backed bill to regulate the application of turf grass fertilizer, SB 1149.  The fate of the bill from here is not certain, but Senate sources have told PLNA that the "bill will die" on the floor of the Senate. 
If, by some chance, the bill would pass the Senate, it would face stiff opposition in the House of Representatives. PLNA has been briefing the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee about the bill and PLNA's concerns... (more)

Senate Committee to Take up Turf Fertilizer Bill

January 29, 2014
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... (more)

Fertilizer Bill Introduced… Finally!

November 4, 2013
HARRISBURG - Last week Senator Brubaker introduced his bill regulating the application of lawn fertilizers in Pennsylvania, SB 1149. The bill has been expected since the beginning of the 2013 legislative session... (more

Fertilizer Bill: Still Waiting…

July 7, 2013

HARRISBURG – The fertilizer bill expected to be introduced by Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) has not yet shown up. PLNA had expected it to be introduced in the Senate in mid-June, according to Brubaker’s staff. In the meantime, PLNA government relations consultant Gregg Robertson has been meeting with staff from both the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees to brief them on PLNA’s analysis of the impact of the draft bill on the industry and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. The bill will probably go to one of these committees when it is introduced... (more)

Lawn Fertilizer Bill Introduction Still Pending…

June 14, 2013
HARRISBURG  – The bill restricting lawn fertilizer application rates and requiring certification of professional applicators is expected to be introduced by Senator Mike Brubaker (R – Lancaster) soon. The bill could appear this week, according to Stephanie Buchanan, legislative director for Brubaker... (more)

EPA: Healthy Lawns Mean a Healthy Chesapeake Bay

June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last winter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program pulled together a panel of experts to look at lawns, lawn care and the impact lawns have on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. The expert panel’s conclusion, based upon a review of all the science and research done on the topic, was that a "dense vegetative cover of turf grass” on a lawn reduces pollution and runoff. If your lawn is thin and sickly, pollution and runoff from your lawn increases dramatically... (more)

Brubaker to Introduce New Fertilizer Bill

May 6, 2013
HARRISBURG - Senator Michael Brubaker (R - Lancaster) has circulated a sponsorship memorandum seeking co-sponsors for a redraft of last session's SB 1191, a bill to regulate the application of lawn and turf grass fertilizer. SB 1191 died in committee last session, due mainly to a lack of science behind many of the bill's provisions... (more)

Fertilizer Bill Rears Its Head - Again

April 8, 2013
HARRISBURG - The turf grass fertilizer bill that died in committee at the end of the General Assembly session last November, SB 1191, is making a comeback. Marel Raub, Pennsylvania director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission told PLNA President Gregg Robertson that they intended to push for a new bill in the current General Assembly session... (more)

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