This week finds us closely monitoring the US Congress for potential action on bills that may impact the industry. In the Senate, S. 1140 would require the US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to immediately withdraw the much debated "Waters of the US Rule".
You will recall numerous updates on this overreaching rule that would greatly expand the authorities of the EPA and Army Corps with respect to bodies of water. This bi-partisan legislation is intended to require the organizations to re-propose the rule within the framework of principles as outlined by Congress.
AmericanHort, American Farm Bureau, NALP and many other organizations have let the way with grassroots efforts to support this bill and similar legislation passed in the House of Representatives which Georgia's Senators have expressed they will support.
We are also following an amendment to a transportation bill being considered in the House of Representatives. As you will read in the story below, the amendment could eliminate funding for landscaping and vegetation management projects on U.S. Roads and highways.
We urge GGIA members to read the following piece from AmericanHort and click the link to take action and make your voice heard in opposing the potential damaging legislation.