The Green Industry Alliance
was among industry associations testifying in support of Indiana House
Bill 1065 before the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on
January 12, 2006. The GIA was represented by Bob Andrews, Executive Director
of the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association.
House Bill 1065 advocates several minor changes in the Indiana Pesticide
Use and Application Law. Included in these are increase in both the Pesticide
Licensing Fees as well as increases in the Pesticide Registration Law.
All of those testifying in support of these changes did so for three reasons.
1. The Indiana State Chemist has not asked for a fee increase for more
than 10 years and needs such incrfeases to simply maitain their level
2. A portion of these fees goes to support Purdue Pesticide Programs which
is responsible for the training and certification of all commercial and
private applicators. As the industry continues to grow and diversify,
the need for such education has become even more important.
3.Indians pesticide license fees are significantly below those charged
by surrounding states.
Joining the Green Industry Alliance in support of this Bill were the Indiana
Farm Bureau, the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemicals Association,
and Purdue University. After hearing all concerned the House Committee
voted favorably on the measure moving it forward in the committee process.
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