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Representative Peter Fischer Named MNLA 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year

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Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association





July 18, 2019


Rep. Peter Fischer Named MNLA 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year


Roseville, MN – The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) named Representative Peter Fischer (DFL, Maplewood) as 2019 Green Industry Advocate of the Year. Rep. Fischer 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 Rep. Fischer with his award.


Rep. Fischer was tireless in his efforts during the 2019 session to establish liability protections for certified commercial salt applicators in the state of Minnesota to encourage less salt use by commercial owners and snow removal companies. He expertly navigated the House committee process, successfully passing the bill in the House of Representatives by including the language in the Environment and Natural Resources finance bill. Rep. Fischer did a tremendous job as a clean water and small business advocate, fighting for MNLA’s priority environment and business bill.


“As the chair of the Subcommittee on Water in the House, Representative Fischer’s commitment to clean water and small-business is clear,” said MNLA President Scott Frampton. “While the [salt liability] bill did not become law this session, we’re eager to continue working with Rep. Fischer to implement this common-sense policy for the benefit of Minnesota’s lakes and streams. We thank him for his leadership.”


Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL, Maplewood) has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2012, most recently re-elected in 2018. He currently serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Water.


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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