Bill updating Pennsylvania Soil & Plant Amendment Act passes House

HARRISBURG, May 23 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., updating the Pennsylvania Soil & Plant Amendment Act to realign it with the Pennsylvania Fertilizer Act passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by vote of 201-0.

Last year, when the state Fertilizer Law was updated, the registration and tonnage reporting of fertilizer fell out of alignment with the soil and plant amendment program.

The bill would realign the product registration process and tonnage reporting with that of fertilizer. It also would change registration requirements so that a company who paid the registration fee under the fertilizer law would not have to pay the fee under the soil and plant amendment law; however, the product would still need to be registered to show that it is a dual-purpose product.

“This is a modest but mighty adjustment to improve this statute,” Rabb said. “Bills often go into effect in an imperfect state and we can always be working to improve them.”

The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration.