COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed legislation that will provide a framework for the regulation of invasive plant species within the State of Ohio.
Senate Bill 192, sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville), would allow the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to develop a scientifically-based, statewide list of invasive plant species. The bill also grants the Director authority to establish rules regarding the identification and regulation of invasive plant species within the state.
“The development of a statewide, scientific standard for identifying and dealing with invasive plants is an absolutely imperative part of protecting Ohio’s agricultural and horticultural industries,” said Manning.
The legislation defines “invasive plant species” as any plant species not native to this state and whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, harm to economic, environmental, or human health as determined by scientific studies. 
Senate Bill 192 now heads to the House for further consideration.

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