Extend the Germination Testing Period for Cool-weather Lawn and Turf Seed from 9 to 15 Months

Last updated: May 14, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Peter Lyford, House 129
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 856


Support. This is a RAM-initiated bill.

UPDATE 5/11/17: The Governor has signed the bill into law. Takes effect 90 days post-adjournment.

UPDATE: The Committee went right into work session after the public hearing and voted unanimously to pass the bill. We expect the bill to sail through the House and Senate under the hammer.


This bill extends from 9 months to 15 months the time within which the percentage of germination test described under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 1043 must have been performed on cool-weather lawn and turf seed in order for that seed to be sold. "Cool-weather lawn and turf seed" is defined to include Kentucky bluegrass, red fescue, Chewing's fescue, hard fescue, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, intermediate ryegrass, annual ryegrass, colonial bentgrass and creeping bentgrass.