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Legislative Update: Landscape Design Tax

ONLA is opposing the landscape design tax as proposed in the as introduced version of HB 49. 

Opposition is based on a number of factors, including:

  • Landscape design is a concept that may never come to fruition;
  • The anticipated revenue from this tax will be minimal and is not justified by the burden the tax would place on landscape designers, most of whom are small businesses;
  • Many landscapers do not charge separately for design work. They are already required to collect sales tax on landscape labor for construction and installation which, incidentally, is not required of builders.
  • Landscapers treat and charge for design work differently (lack of uniform application of the tax)
  • Landscape design is not a luxury, it is vital, and it prevents those wishing to change their landscapes from making costly mistakes. Building a landscape project without a design is like building a house without a blueprint.
  • The tax may discourage companies from charging for design work which is ill-advised. Design is essential to the long-term success of landscape installation projects, along with our environment and quality of life.

ONLA is encouraging its members to contact the House Finance Committee to oppose the landscape design tax. 

Click here to find contact information for the House Finance Committee  Key Contacts:  Chairman SmithVC Ryan,Rep CuppRep ThompsonRep LaTouretteRep Patton, or Rep. Sprague


Legislative Status Sheet

ONLA reviews every bill that is introduced in the Ohio General Assembly to check the bill's potential relevance to ONLA member businesses. Every two years, between 1,000 and 1,200 bills are introduced.  Of those 1,200, only about 250 bills actually make it through the process.

View the status of current bills ONLA is monitoring

If you have interest in any of the bills on this status sheet, or if you have heard of a bill that is not listed, please contact Belinda Jones at 614.224.3855 or


Back to the Basics: Get to Know Your Legislator


Due to term limits, there is seemingly constant turnover in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate.  Make sure your legislator. While we do our best to know every legislator, it is important that you know your state representative and state senator as well.

Not sure who your legislator is? 

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Get to know your legislators on a personal basis as well. Invite them to coffee or breakfast in your neighborhood. They want to know about you. They want to know about your business. And you need them to know you so you can be a resource for them.

 If you are interested in pursuing a meeting with your legislator, either in Columbus or in your hometown/place of business, ONLA Legislative Consultant Belinda Jones can help set up a meeting.

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