Today, I went to a meeting in Grants Pass, Oregon, where the Landscape Contractors Board Administrator and Board Chair, met with local Licensed landscape contractors to discuss the current license model and possible changes. Right now, a person in Oregon takes exams to get a license on the individual, and a second license for the business is purchased too, requiring having an individual employed. The individual may be the owner, or an employed person. I asked a question to review one aspect of our current license system in Oregon. It pertained to a REQUIREMENT for supervising all landscape contract projects, which included no less than being in phone contact at almost all times. Using my own self as an example for a question, I introduced the scenerio of taking one, two or three weeks off for a vacation, which in my case is typically hiking where cell phones don't reach. Currently, being the tested INDIVIDUAL for my company, my business would NOT be in compliance, if I left TRUSTED and TRAIINED employees for a period of a week or weeks, to perform DELEGATED specific tasks that they could easily do. For example, I could not leave them to prepare several landscape projects, to get the sites ready - say, sod cutting old sod on site #1, then digging a few trenches on site #2, ordering and spreading mulch around plants we planted together at site #3, etc.. In fact, if I understand this right, we landscape contractors in Oregon, cannot be out of cell phone contact for maybe even a day. So, if you are an Oregon Landscape contractor, are you aware of these particular details? Personally, I support the board in much of what they do, and was on the board myself, for 6 years. But this is one aspect that I'd like to see modified. Even if I was on the board as a board member, this is one thing I would question. This may be integral to potential changes in the landscape model. And if you did not read your letter recently, this is related - directly or indirectly. If you have an Oregon landscape license, you should have received a letter about the proposed license models, and the meetings. A survey was included too. So, if I have my facts in order, an Oregon landscape contractor, who is the sole tested individual, can't have any business operations going on regarding landscaping, if not in immediate phone or radio range, at a moments beckon call. And honestly, when I want to go on vacation, dragging any business connections with me is not part of what I consider vacation. As a hiker, this means that a 3 week vacation would mean 3 weeks unemployment for any workers, unless they want a 3 week un-paid vacation. Comments? Ideas?