Members Flock to TNLA Day at the Capitol IN LATE FEBRUARY, TNLA held a membership-wide advocacy day at the Texas Capitol. Amplifying the presence and impact of the green industry, TNLA teamed up with the American Society of Landscape Architects to coordinate efforts and office visits. Members started the day at a legislative briefing and breakfast, where attendees learned about the major issues of the 86th legislative session and studied TNLA’s efforts at the Texas Capitol. House Chair Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) and Senate Chair Bryan Hughes (R-Tyler) then joined the group and spoke about their top issues this session and responded to members’ questions about water supply and regulation, natural disaster recovery, property taxes, and more. TNLA and its members were recognized in the House and Senate chambers in front of all legislators for the association’s work in leading the green industry and for member business’ contributions to the Texas economy. Following this recognition, attendees divided into groups, paired with TNLA staff, and visited legislators’ offices. At each visit, TNLA members spoke directly to policymakers or key staffers about important legislative matters. Labor, water, and regulation were the primary topics for most meetings. Ryan Skrobarczyk, TNLA director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, says many legislators and their staff told him throughout the week they greatly appreciated meeting with green industry members and learning about their priorities. With an impact like that, Skrobarczyk says TNLA plans to “grow advocacy day in the next legislative session.”
TNLA Green May/June 2019
Subscribe to TNLA’s Podcast for the Latest Legislative News FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS, TNLA has been a leader in the green industry and has served as a resource for members on the most important information for their businesses, including legislative and regulatory developments. Now TNLA has a new way to deliver the latest news and political headlines straight to you — “The Green Report” podcast. Hosted by TNLA Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Ryan Skrobarczyk, each month’s episode focuses on an issue facing the green industry in Texas. From labor and water to taxes and regulations, there is no shortage of work TNLA does on members’ behalf, and the podcast will keep you up to date on what the association is working on. You can listen to “The Green Report” on the Apple Podcasts app and Google Play. Subscribe online and receive new episode alerts. Current episodes include an overall review of TNLA’s advocacy efforts and the association’s recent fight for H-2B cap relief. Stay tuned for more episodes focused on the Texas Legislature and insights from policymakers.