March 6, 2003
The "The Root of the Matter" is a periodic publication from the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association. Its purpose is to disseminate information to our members on a timely basis, in between publication ofThe Free State Nursery and Landscape News. This news bulletin will be e-mailed to those members who have supplied the MNLA office an e-mail address. If you prefer your issue to be e-mailed, please let us know at email@example.com.
Appointment of Lynn Buhl as the Governor’s Nominee for Secretary of the Environment
Joining the Maryland Farm Bureau, we ask all members to contact their local Senatorstoday to urge support for Governor Ehrlich’s nominee to Secretary of the Environment, Lynn Buhl. Governor Ehrlich brought forth Ms. Buhl as the nominee for this position, believing her qualified and supportive of his views that there should be a cooperative relationship between business and the environment. This philosophy is a welcome change to Maryland’s agriculture community. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on Ms. Buhl’s nomination on Friday, March 7th. The Senate Executive Nominations Committee failed to support Ms. Buhl’s nomination earlier this week, arguing that she is too soft on business’ responsibility to the environment. Governor Ehrlich and his administration believe otherwise.
Please call your state Senator today. You may call (800) 492-7122, and asked to be connected to your senator’s office.
Maryland Green Industry Council (MaGIC)/Legislative Update
There are currently several bills before the Maryland State Legislature that we have been following, along with the assistance of our lobbyist, American Joe Miedusiewski. If you would like to review the text of any of these bills, go to the MD General Assembly website:
http://mlis.state.md.us. Click on bill info and status. Then type in the bill number with the format HB or SB followed by the bill number.
We need your direct input into how the following legislation would impact your business.
Please contact Jim McWilliams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-377-7500), Walt Wicklein (email@example.com or 410-823-1335) or Vanessa Finney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-823-8684) with your comments as soon as possible. With only about a month left in the legislative session, we need to be well informed and able to respond quickly.
Senate Bill 540 - Concerning Use and Access of Restricted Use Pesticide.
Senate Bill 617 – Concerning the Suspension of Enforcement of Nutrient Management penalties
Senate Bill 643 – Concerning Sales and Use Tax Exemptions on Ag Products
House Bill 1076 – Concerning approval of the use of surge brakes in intrastate travel
Follow-Up on Legislation Previously Communicated
House Bill 503 – Concerning establishment of Maryland Pesticide Advisory Council
House Bill 1053 – Concerning the Increase of MD Sales and Use Tax Rate
We will continue monitoring all proposed legislation to determine its impact on Maryland’s Green Industry. We will continue to keep you informed of all issues that may affect your business. We ask for your feed back in helping us to represent our industry. If you have comments or concern about any proposed legislation, please contact our office.
Contact your legislators: We encourage you to contact your local legislators to make them aware of how proposed legislation will affect your business. You can contact your legislators through via telephone, U.S. mail or e-mail. The MD General Assembly website (http://mlis.state.md.us) provides any contact information you need. You can even type in your zip code to find out who your representatives are. If you don’t have access to the web, and would like this information, please contact the office.
On the Water Front
MaGIC officers and our lobbyist, American Joe Miedusiewski, have been working to get the remaining Level I water restrictions, still imposed in Central Maryland, lifted. Up to this point, Baltimore City officials have fought the lifting because Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs, the City’s primary water supply, were significantly below capacity. With the season’s record snows and rains, talks have resumed, as the reservoirs have filled. We are cautiously optimistic that the restrictions will be lifted soon. We will pass on any information relative to these water restrictions, as soon as it is available.
Have you sent any of your plant material to unusual or famous destinations? Is so, please let the MNLA office know. The MD Agriculture Education Foundation is putting together a mobile display trailer, showcasing Maryland’s agriculture. Since horticulture is the number two commodity group within MD agriculture, we have been very involved in the display planning process. We are looking to include unusual facts about horticulture in this display.
Congratulations to the following MNLA members who took home awards from this year’s Maryland State Home and Garden Show:
•Quinn’s Kingsville Nurseries, Inc. – Division II
•Kroh’s Nursery, Inc. – Division IV and Best in Show.
Also, kudos’ to John Mays and Kingsdene Nurseries, last year’s Best in Show winner, for the awesome entrance display garden.
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