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  • 07 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    IPLLA/IICC  Member Legislative Update - February 7, 2016

    We have now reached the half-way point in this session of the legislature.  Next week the second half will begin and any bills that have not advanced to their second chamber to this point, are now dead for this year.  The really amazing thing is how many bills there are in the first place.  In the House, 430 bills were filed and 160 of them have now passed on to the Senate- 65 of which passed this week alone!  The sheer volume of proposed legislation emphasizes the real importance for constant monitoring of the law making process.

    Legislation for road funding continues to move forward with a bit more definition.  The measure would provide much need improvements by raising gasoline taxes 4 cents a gallon and cigarettes taxes by $1.00.  This measure is still a work in progress as many members of the legislature are reluctant to raise taxes of any sort.

    The Green Industry Alliance is watching for anything coming out of IDEM regarding editing of the Cross Connection Manual.  What we are looking for is any requirements placed on persons
    installing or inspecting backflow preventers.  This is in response to knowing that there are some in the plumbing trades who have pushed to limit installation and inspection of such devices to licensed plumbers only.

    Overshadowing much of the week was discussion on the controversial SB344 or LGBT legislation which offered protections to gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual Hoosiers but did not include language regarding transgender protection.  This bill failed to move forward in committee and now is dead for this session.  No doubt, the issue will be brought up again in the 2017 session and will be a focal point in the upcoming race for Governor between incumbent Mike Pence (R) and challenger John Gregg (D).

    Legislation aimed at curbing meth production has also moved forward; and the Indiana Senate moved along legislation which would ban abortions sought due to gender or disability of the fetus.

    As we all now know, in national politics, the Iowa caucus was held this past week and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled to a virtual tie.  On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won with Donald Trump and Marco Rubio placing 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Candidates now move on to New Hampshire.

    Hope to see many of you at the upcoming Regional Workshops in Columbus on Feb 9th, in Plainfield on Feb 10th, Ft. Wayne of Feb 16th, or Merrillville on Feb 17th.    Go to IPLLA.COM and click on the events tab to register as there is always room for more folks!   Have a good week.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director


  • 29 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    IPLLA/IICC  Member Legislative Update - January 29, 2016

    This past Thursday was the first major deadline day in this session as any bill in either chamber that had not been passed out of committee prior to Thursday’s session time is now effectively dead for this session.  Such was the case with Sen Bill 285, Sen Mike Delph’s illegal immigration hiring bill, which was heard in the Senate and Pensions Labor Committee on Wednesday.  This bill did not receive a vote and thus died in the committee.  This measure was strongly opposed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Manufacturers Association who testified against the bill because of the strong penalties an employer would have faced had they hired an illegal alien.

    The very contentious debate over LGBT rights legislation began this week in the Indiana Senate and certainly garnered much media attention as it will throughout the legislative session.

    Proposals on road funding are also being heard with two methods of such finding being considered.  One would fund such construction by raising both gas and cigarette taxes.  The second would provide funding by drawing down in the state’s reserve fund and borrowing up to $1 billion dollars in bonds for infrastructure improvement over the next four years.  Both proposals are alive and moving through the legislative process.

    In election matters, Indiana Senator Dan Coats will retire at the end of this year.  Three announced candidates for his seat include U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman, a former aide to Sen. Coates, Eric Holcomb, and U.S. Representative Todd Young.  The battle for Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction will see incumbent Glenda Ritz (D), being challenged by Jennifer McCormick (R) who currently serves as Superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.

    Other items being considered in the legislature include a bill that would provide $7,500 in scholarships to college students studying education in Indiana and who are willing to commit to teaching in the state for five years.  In an unrelated matter, debate continues on a bill that would prevent a state agency from enacting any rule that would be tougher than current state regulation.

    IPLLA feels it is important for our members to be acquainted with their state representative and state senator.  The folks occupying these seats have a big influence over the laws under which we live and how our tax dollars are spent.  They also are there to represent your interests.  We've provided a link to help you identify these individuals in your part of Indiana.

    Find Your Indiana Legislator CLICK HERE!

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
  • 23 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    2016 Legislative Update– January 23, 2016

    Let’s take a break from legislative matters to provide you with a listing of Indiana State Chemist Compliance Priorities for 2016.  The use and application of pesticides, in Indiana, is regulated by their office on a statewide basis.  Each year, the State Chemist establishes a list of those items which they feel require special attention by lawn and landscape operators during the upcoming season.  Those for this year include:

    • Operators should become acquainted with Indiana’s Pollinator Protection Plan now available at http://www.oisc.purdue.edu/pesticide/p3_activities.html.  You need to thoroughly read labels of all insecticides you use to see if, and how, they address pollinator protection.
    • Be sure to use shields to keep granular pesticides and fertilizers off non-turf areas and remove any that might land on such areas.  This is an often repeated concern, but apparently is needed and thus is included on this year’s list of priorities.
    • Understand and follow the supervision requirements for non-licensed and/or non-registered applicators.  Be sure that applicators have a site assessment fact sheet, a label for any product being used, the required personal protective equipment (PPE), and a means to establish direct voice communication with supervisors. Remember that unlicensed and non-registered applicators require on-site supervision by a Certified Applicator.
    • If applications are to be made to the property of a school, all applicators must adhere to the “school rule” which can be found at https://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/pest_use_at_school.html  .
    • Provide all applicators with label mandated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and see to it that they are properly used throughout the work day.

    Each of these priorities will be covered in more detail by the Office of Indiana State Chemist at our upcoming series of IPLLA Regional Workshops in Columbus, Plainfield, Ft. Wayne, and Merrillville during February.  For more information and registration, please go to IPLLA.COM and click on EVENTS.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director


  • 20 Jan 2016 12:08 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    Irrigation Association Awards National Credits for IPLLA/IICC Event at Plainfield and Merrillville

    The Irrigation Association (IA) has awarded four (4) CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) to those licensed irrigation contractors attending one of the IPLLA/IICC Winter Regionals in Plainfield or Merrillville.  These credits would apply to re-certification of any IA license.

    Each workshop program content will include

    -Best practices for efficient landscape irrigation
    -High efficiency nozzles
    -Smart control
    -Advances in irrigation technology
    -Simple troubleshooting steps
    -Review of the principles of two-wire technology
    -Practice lessons learned using hands-on displays

    Sponsored by the Indiana Irrigation Contractors Council, these workshops will be held in conjunction with the IPLLA events in Plainfield, IN on February 10th and in Merrillville, IN on February 17th.  Participating trainers are provided by Rain Bird and Hunter Industries and mark the first time that our state trade association has held ongoing education events at our regional winter meetings.

    Interested contractors may register for these workshops online at IPLLA for a fee of $100.00 for IPLLA Members and $125.00 for non-members.  Lunch is included in your registration fee. The workshop lasts from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    To register using VISA or MasterCard, go to IPLLA.COM and click on EVENTS.

    Robert Andrews
    Executive Director

  • 16 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    IPLLA/IICC  Member Legislative Update  - January 16, 2016

    This was the second full week of the legislative session and a few hundred more bills were made public.

    One bill of some concern is sponsored by Sen. Mike Delph which would enable the Indiana Attorney General to strip a company of its business license for hiring illegal immigrants.  This bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing and the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce has publicly expressed major opposition to the proposal.

    The Governor’s Office and both sections of the legislature have made clear the need for increased funding for infrastructure improvements and replacements.  The Governor wishes to boost such funding from using state reserves and bond issuances while the House of Representatives Bill HB1001 would provide such funding primarily from increased fuel and cigarette taxes.

    As you can imagine, gun rights are always a front burner matter and this session is no exception.  A number of guns rights bills have been filed in Indiana but none have yet to see action in their respective committees.  Education matters also will see a good deal of debate as the state looks at reforms in ISTEP testing and ways to address teacher shortages in Indiana.

    There are a number of hot topic issues but none of more public interest than on that of civil rights legislation regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.  No matter your views, this matter will command a good deal of attention in this short session of the General Assembly

    The Statehouse will be closed on January 18th in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.  Our next report will be on January 23 at which time we will take a look at Office of Indiana State Chemist 2016 Compliance Priorities for Lawn and Landscape Operators.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director

  • 09 Jan 2016 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    IPLLA/IICC  Member Legislative Update - January 9, 2016

    As we noted at our Winter Workshop, the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association (IPLLA) and the Indiana Irrigation Contractors Association (IICC) is beginning a series of periodic updates on legislative and regulatory affairs for our Member firms.  This is the first such effort and this update is being sent to our entire e-mail data base, including both members and non-members of IPLLA/IICC.  Once we have established the format and timing of these Legislative Updates, then the updates will be sent to Members only as a member service. 

    We would urge you to take advantage of this service by joining or renewing your IPLLA/IICC membership online at iplla.com.  Members are also eligible for reduced attendance rates at all upcoming educational events in 2016.

    As many of you know, the IPLLA and IICC are full members in the Green Industry Alliance which represents our industry in statewide legislative affairs affecting our industry.  As such, the Green Industry Alliance employs the services of The Corydon Group, a government affairs firm which specializes in conducting our ongoing involvement in such matters.

    The past Tuesday, the Indiana General Assembly convened to begin what is the second half of their session.  This 2016 session is known as a “short session” meaning that both the Senate and House will be in session until March 1st.  While this is a short session, it also means that a lot of proposed bills will be considered in a relatively short period of time before state law requires the legislature to adjourn.  It must also be noted that this is an election year so political matters also play a significant role in what will be consider by this group as well as the Governor’s office. 

    Each Friday, IPLLA and IICC receive a weekly summary of activities in both the Indiana House and Senate.  These summaries are designed to include information pertinent to our green industry businesses whether they are lawn & tree care, irrigation, snow removal, landscaping,
    grounds management, or more.  The summaries also address business related issues such as tax matters, insurance, and other issues..

    We hope you enjoy these updates and please look forward to the next update set to be sent on January 16th.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
  • 20 Jul 2015 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    Green Industry Alliance Welcomes New Government Affairs Representative

    July  20, 2015
    The Green Industry Alliance Welcomes
    New Government Affairs Representative

    The Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association  (IPLLA) and The Indiana Irrigation Contractors Council (IICC) are full partners in the Indiana Green Industry Alliance.  The Alliance represents green industry associations in our dealings  with the Indiana State Legislature and other state level governmental agencies.  The GIA contracts with The Corydon Group to provide us with that representation and we are pleased to announce their employment of a new Associate to work with our industry.

    Jason Johnson has joined the Corydon Group as that Associate.  Jason holds a BA in Recreation, Sports Management in Business Administration from Indiana State University and also holds a Masters degree in Sports Management from ISU.   From 2008 thru mid-2010 he served as a Graduate Assistant for Recreation Sports and Athletic Fields at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.  He then served as West Central Indiana Field Manager for the House Republican Campaign Committee and then as a Legislative Assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives.    His new post with the Corydon Group puts his talents to work for the private sector including the Green Industry Alliance.

    IPLLA welcomes Jason and look forward to you meeting him at The Summer Field Day on August 27th at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.  See you then.

    Bob Andrews                           
    Executive Director

    2015 Summer Field Day Brochure

  • 03 Mar 2015 2:07 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    March 3, 2015

    Indiana Irrigation Contractors Council
    Joins Green Industry Alliance

    The Indiana Irrigation Contractors Council (IICC) has announced that it has officially joined as a voting member of the Green Industry Alliance.  The Council represents the interests of irrigation contractors throughout the Hoosier state and is a part of the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association.

    Formed more than eight years ago, the Green Industry Alliance acts to promote the ongoing involvement of various parts of the industry in government and regulatory affairs at the state level.   In this role, the Alliance employs the services of The Corydon Group as its government affairs representative at the statehouse.

    In addition to the Irrigation Council, voting members of the Green Industry Alliance include The Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association (INLA), the Indianapolis Landscape Association (ILA), and the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association (IPLLA).

    In addition to involvement in regulatory affairs, the IICC also is stepping-up its role in industry education and will sponsor a Certified Irrigation Technician Training program in conjunction with the national Irrigation Association.  That program will be held in Carmel, IN on March 26, 2015 and limited registration is now available by going to iplla.com/CIT-March-2015.  The program offers the opportunity to earn national certification as a Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) through the IA and is a major step forward in promoting professionalism within the irrigation industry.

    Bob Andrews
    IPLLA Executive Director

  • 26 Mar 2014 8:34 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    Pesticide Review Board

    UPDATE - March 2014

    To:  All IPLLA Members

    The Indiana Pesticide Review Board met at the Daniels Turf Center at Purdue University on Friday February 28, 2014.  Below is a brief summary of the items on the agenda.

    • 1.      The Office of Indiana State Chemist is conducting an online review of pesticide products entering Indiana. In a number of cases, product manufactured outside of Indiana and then shipped to customers in the state, is not properly registered either with the Office of Indiana State Chemist, or with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or both.  Enforcement action is being taken where required.

    • 2.      OISC field investigators reported a number violations in which unlicensed applicators were making weed control applications without being properly supervised.

    • 3.      We also see some violations in which a person who passes the Registered Technician exam, then fails to apply for his or her actual license.  Once an employee passes the RT exam, it is then the employer’s responsibility to apply for the license itself. This entails payment of $45.00 for the annual license fee.  Until that license is obtained, the employee is not a Registered Technician.

    • 4.      The State Chemist continues to investigate misbranded products for Bed Bug control that are being sold over the internet.  Such products sometimes are found to carry misleading or false statements regarding the quality of control offered.  In other cases, the product uses an EPA or USDA logo on their packaging to imply that the product has received some sort of endorsement from either of these two agencies.

    • 5.      Representatives of Category 12 (Wood Destroying Pest Inspectors) appeared before the Board to object to the requirement that such inspectors must carry Errors and Omissions Coverage in addition to their normal liability insurance.  The group indicated that the coverage is overly expensive and the deductible too high.  The coverage is currently required to protect property owners from damage that may occur as a result of an inaccurate wood destroying pest inspection.  Their objection will be further discussed at a future meeting of the Board.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director – IPLLA
    Member – Indiana Pesticide Review Board

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