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Request for Public Comment: Plant Health - Dangerous Plant Pest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments regarding Ohio Administrative Code rule 901:5-42-01. The rule in this package has been reviewed pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed as follows. The comment period will remain open through October 9, 2018. Comments may be emailed to eComments@agri.ohio.gov or mailed to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

OAC 901:5-42-01 establishes a list of animal species which have been designated as destructive or dangerously harmful plant pests. The list of animals is limited to: raccoon dogs, monk parakeets, and blacktail prairie dogs. According to ORC 927.70, no person shall permit any plant pest to exist in or on the person's premises unless otherwise permitted by rule. The rule has been reviewed by the Department and is presented with amendments which should allow for easier comprehension.