Category Archives: Legislation & Regulation

Maryland Judge Overturns County Pesticide Ban

Last week, Montgomery County Maryland Circuit Judge Terrence McGann ruled in favor of the landscape professional community and struck down the county-wide ban of commercial pesticide application on public and private lawns, gardens, and ornamental sites. In a 14-page opinion … Continue reading

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August Recess Presents Advocacy Opportunities

Every year Members of Congress return home for a month of district activity called “August Recess.” There is a wide range of activities that NALP members can engage in during August Recess that may have great potential to capture the … Continue reading

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Congressman Proposals Suspension of Neonic Approvals

In June, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2017”, legislation to suspend the approval of neonicotinoids (neonics) until the Environmental Protection Agency can conclude its review of impact on pollinator health. Now Blumenhauer is pushing … Continue reading

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Proposed Rule to Rescind WOTUS Published

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Act. The rule, commonly referred to as “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS for short, … Continue reading

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Palm Springs to Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

After considering a complete ban of leaf blowers in the city, the Palm Springs City Council instead elected to ban gas-powered models. The move will force the areas landscapers, to purchase battery-operated machines if they wish to continue using leaf … Continue reading

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The Landscape Industry Worked the Room in DC

To say there was a lot going on during NALP’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill, on July 18, 2017, is an understatement. There was a political storm brewing on the Hill as the Senate’s health care reform bill was … Continue reading

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DHS Announces Limited H-2B Cap-Relief

The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor have published a final rule increasing the cap on H-2B non-immigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. The cap-relief visas will be available only … Continue reading

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DHS Files Cap-Relief Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sent a rule to the Office of Management and Budget regarding H-2B cap-relief. The final rule, which was received by the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on July 3, is … Continue reading

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DHS Secretary Comments Cloud H-2B Cap-Relief

Last week, during the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on DHS Reauthorization and the FY 2018 Budget Request, Representative William Keating (D-MA-09) asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about H2-B cap relief. Rep. Keating noted the several proposed cuts to … Continue reading

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Trumps Signs Fiscal Measure that Provides H-2B Cap Relief

Limited H-2B regulatory relief is part of the bill that President Trump signed into law authorizing federal government funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. Inclusion of the cap relief language is a significant legislative victory, and was the … Continue reading

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