Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling, report. (SB1055)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fertilizer and deicing agents; regulation of application; report.  Requires the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations (i) requiring professionals and public sector applicators of fertilizers to nonagricultural lands to become trained and certified in nutrient management and apply fertilizer in accordance with the principles thereof; (ii) prohibiting the application of phosphorus to turfgrass without a soil test; (iii) prohibiting the application of nutrients to impervious surfaces; and (iv) setting standards for soil analysis techniques, equipment calibration, and the timing of the application. Sellers and appliers of fertilizer shall be required to submit annual reports to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services noting the amounts sold or applied by locality. Lawn and turf fertilizer bags will carry a statement cautioning against improper application. Effective July 1, 2012, and subject to exemptions for newly established turfgrass and gardens, no businesses shall sell (a) turf maintenance fertilizer containing phosphorus without point-of-sale limitations; (b) deicing agent containing urea; and (c) fertilizer without prominently displaying cautionary signage regarding excessive use. The Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services may impose a civil penalty of up to $250 for violations of these provisions. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requested to provide a report concerning the use of slowly-available nitrogen in fertilizer material to the legislative committees with subject matter jurisdiction over agriculture and the environment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103929D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2011Introduced bill reprinted 11103929D
01/24/2011Assigned ACNR sub: Fertilizer
01/31/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104787D-S1
01/31/2011Incorporates SB922
01/31/2011Incorporates SB1465
02/01/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read second time
02/02/2011Passed by for the day
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Passed by for the day
02/04/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1055S1)
02/04/2011Read second time
02/04/2011Committee substitute rejected 11104787D-S1
02/04/2011Floor substitute printed 11105113D-S2 (Stuart)
02/04/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2011Substitute by Senator Stuart agreed to 11105113D-S2
02/04/2011Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB1055S2
02/07/2011Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Placed on Calendar
02/08/2011Read first time
02/08/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/11/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1055S2)
02/16/2011Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Committee substitute printed 11105349D-H1
02/17/2011Read second time
02/18/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1055H1)
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11105349D-H1
02/18/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1055H1
02/18/2011Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/18/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Title replaced 11105349D-H1
03/03/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1055ER)
03/03/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1055ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/22/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 353 (effective 7/1/11)
03/22/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0353)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2463.