We wanted to forward our members a recap of last week's Ag Day from Steve Boksanski of the Green Industry Alliance (GIA).
Just a brief note to thank all of those who took time away from their day jobs to hit the statehouse and help spread awareness about the GIA and some of the issues we are working on. We collectively met with at least 20 legislators and despite not having a booth for Ag Day, were able to be in the mix and activity related to the event. We were able to speak at length with the House Chair on the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox), who has a brother-in law who plows snow! So, he asked that we keep him informed of that issue and how he might be helpful.
Steve Bukoff was able to speak directly with Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) who filed the legislation (H.776) to allow cities and towns to enact their own, more restrictive bylaws on the use of pesticides, which confirmed that his action is at least in part due to frustration with Eversource and how they manage the ROWs.
Another takeaway for the day was to start looking now at the Senate Committee on Ways and Means so we can connect some of our members with members of this Committee to get our irrigation contractor bill pushed out this session. Please take a moment to review the list and let me know if you live, or work in any of these districts: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/S30
Stephen A. Boksanski, Principal
BCB Government Relations, Inc.
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