Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

DEC 2018

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December 2018 31 State Associations The MNLA, established in 1922, represents Michigan green industry businesses on legislative and regulatory issues, education and events, certification programs, marketing and promotion, and member-only money saving programs. Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association Above MNLA members attend the Green Industry Legislative Day – an annual event at the state capital in Lansing to bring the message of Michigan's green industry to state legislators. As the lead organization shaping public policies that benefit the state's green industry, MNLA works through professional staff, its board of directors, national partnerships and two lobbyist firms – the Michigan Farm Bureau and GCSI, Inc. – to protect the interests of the Industry before legislators and regulators in the state and in Washington, D.C. Here is a snapshot of their efforts this year and the results: A law passed that will protect agriculture's sales and use tax exemp- tions and put an end to misinterpretations by the Department of Treasury – making certain that modern agriculture equipment and technology remain exempt from a tax that was never historically charged. A new law clarifies that the voluntary registry of individuals who, due to a medically documented condition, are required to be noti- fied before the application of a lawn or ornamental pesticide, other than a general use pesticide, list only those properties adjacent to the registrant's primary residence or within the physician-recom- mended distance; defined as not more than 100 feet from a linear boundary line. Snow or ice removal vehicles equipped with flashing, rotating, or os- cillating amber lights can now activate them when they are traveling between locations. And a truck with a snowplow blade wider than 96 inches but no more than 132 inches can operate without obtain- ing a special permit as an excessively wide vehicle or load from each municipality it is driven through. A bill has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee that would repeal the law that created a permitted list for invasive spe- cies, and bring back prohibited and restricted lists for aquatic species. The state Unemployment Insurance Agency has agreed to a 120-day waiver for laid-off green industry workers from having to register with Michigan Works, which requires them to conduct and report a weekly work search and accept any job offered them or lose their benefits. A bill has been introduced with the hope of getting passed before the end of the year. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 3 5

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