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July 17, 2017: Invasive Plant Rules, Update

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has amended the rules regarding Invasive Plants. Specifically, Miscahnthus sinensis, Chinese silvergrass, has been removed from the proposed list of Invasive Plants.

The newly proposed rule can be downloaded here.

Please submit any comments, if any, to by close of business on Wednesday, July 19.


July 5, 2017: Invasive Plant Rules

ONLA has been working for a number of years to bring clarity to the state governance of invasive plant species. A few years ago, legislation was passed to codify the authority for the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to govern invasive plant species.

Since that time, ODA has held countless interested party meetings and conversed with their peers in other states to seek to draft specificity to this authority under the rulemaking process.

The result is a draft rule that identifies invasive plants and prohibits the sale of these plants.

Download Documents:

Rule Overview

Invasive Plant Species Rule

Business Impact Analysis (filed by ODA to the Common Sense Initiative-CSI)

ONLA Comments

ONLA members are encouraged to send individual comments to ODA. The deadline to send comments is July 7. ONLA will also send general comments. (Note: Please copy ONLA on your email so your comments can be included into ONLA's comments).

The CSI process is the first "prong" in agency rule making. Established in the first term of Gov. Kasich, CSI was created to review ALL RULES and evaluate them based upon their impact to business. Following the CSI comment period which ends July 7, the rule will be formally filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) and a new, statutorially imposed process starts. The JCARR process includes a public comment period AND a public hearing.

Questions? Call Belinda Jones at 614.679.5062, Dan Kenny at ODA or any members of the ONLA leadership team.

May, 2017: Landscape Design Tax

ONLA is opposing the landscape design tax as proposed in the as introduced version of HB 49. 

Opposition is based on a number of factors, including:

  • Landscape design is a concept that may never come to fruition;
  • The anticipated revenue from this tax will be minimal and is not justified by the burden the tax would place on landscape designers, most of whom are small businesses;
  • Many landscapers do not charge separately for design work. They are already required to collect sales tax on landscape labor for construction and installation which, incidentally, is not required of builders.
  • Landscapers treat and charge for design work differently (lack of uniform application of the tax)
  • Landscape design is not a luxury, it is vital, and it prevents those wishing to change their landscapes from making costly mistakes. Building a landscape project without a design is like building a house without a blueprint.
  • The tax may discourage companies from charging for design work which is ill-advised. Design is essential to the long-term success of landscape installation projects, along with our environment and quality of life.

ONLA is encouraging its members to contact the House Finance Committee to oppose the landscape design tax. 

Click here to find contact information for the House Finance Committee  Key Contacts:  Chairman SmithVC Ryan,Rep CuppRep ThompsonRep LaTouretteRep Patton, or Rep. Sprague


Legislative Status Sheet

ONLA reviews every bill that is introduced in the Ohio General Assembly to check the bill's potential relevance to ONLA member businesses. Every two years, between 1,000 and 1,200 bills are introduced.  Of those 1,200, only about 250 bills actually make it through the process.

View the status of current bills ONLA is monitoring

If you have interest in any of the bills on this status sheet, or if you have heard of a bill that is not listed, please contact Belinda Jones at 614.224.3855 or


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