Lawmakers continued to voice their support for protecting the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers, but even as we pushed into the late hours of Day 40 of the 2022 legislative session, this policy issue fell short.
We will continue to engage with colleagues from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), local governments and others throughout 2022 on this issue.
We remain grateful for the contacts made by UAC member companies during the legislative session. Our efforts did not go unnoticed as legislators are now keenly aware of this otherwise unknown issue in other states. Plus, Georgia cities looking at banning such equipment are now on high alert that state elected officials are not in support of such actions. Your continued engagement IS very important to this process.
- This bill would have put in law the protected use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers during hours allowed for all power equipment. That didn't happen, but lawmaker sentiment is on our side.
- We view this like any other agricultural issue where statewide uniformity is needed.
- Agriculture has statewide preemption for outdoor water use, fertilizer, pesticides, and genetically modified crops.
- Atlanta's WSB Channel 2 News had a story on the issue recently, featuring UAC's Mary Kay Woodworth and UAC Board Member Pam Dooley of Plants Creative Landscape. Click here for the video.