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Senator Jason Rarick Named MNLA 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year

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Posted by: Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs

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Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association                                                           




July 18, 2019


Sen. Jason Rarick Named MNLA 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year


Roseville, MN – The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) named Senator Jason Rarick (R, Pine City) as 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year. Senator Rarick received his prestigious award on July 18, 2019 at an awards ceremony at the MNLA offices in Roseville, MN, attended by MNLA leadership, members, and staff. MNLA President Scott Frampton of Landscape Renovations and MNLA Vice President Tim Malooly of Irrigation by Design presented Sen Rarick with his award.


Sen. Rarick worked tirelessly throughout the 2019 legislative session to pass retainage reform, priority legislation for MNLA. This bill implemented a trigger date for when retainage withheld on construction contracts must be released, providing much needed certainty for contracting businesses throughout Minnesota, including many MNLA members. Sen. Rarick’s leadership was essential to successfully implementing these changes to ensure that those who complete their work will be paid in full.


“MNLA is thankful for Senator Jason Rarick’s ongoing commitment to empowering small businesses and subcontractors throughout Minnesota,” said Scott Frampton, MNLA President. “We look forward to working with Senator Rarick in the future.”


Senator Rarick is the newest member of the Senate GOP caucus, elected on February 5, 2019 to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Tony Lourey. He previously served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.


The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is the state's oldest and largest green industry trade organization. Started in 1925 as the Minnesota Nurserymen's Association, today MNLA represents and serves nursery and greenhouse growers, garden centers, irrigation contractors, industry suppliers, and a wide range of landscape professionals. The association aims to help these members operate their businesses more successfully by providing education, networking, legislative and regulatory representation, public relations, and financial benefits through group purchasing and other member services.


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