In the last Oregon legislative session, one of the few bills that survived, dealt with landscape company business titles. That bill passed both houses and was signed into law, effective soon. What it eliminated, was a loophole in Oregon landscape contract laws, that companies utilized to retain business titles that implied the science, knowledge or skill to install landscapes. The new law specifically states that a landscape business title must specify the MAINTENANCE nature of the business if that company has no landscape contractors license. Examples of legal names: John's landscape maintenance Joe's landscape maintenance services Harry's lawn mowing services Examples of illegal names (presuming no landscape license): Jack's landscaping Gertrude's landscape gardening Pedro's landscape services Juan's landscaping enterprises Fines in Oregon are $600 for first violation, and $2000 for repeat violations. If you know any Oregon individuals or companies this will affect, please contact them so they can consider their options: 1. Change their assumed business name 2. Get a landscape contractors license This may be a vital matter for some companies that will be ordering printing services in the near future, such as business cards, vehicle lettering and contract forms. In Oregon, getting caught is practically inevitable the past few years due to the number of landscape contractors that are carrying digital cameras in vehicles. Now, calls to turn violators in include emails with photographs of advertising and vehicles along with license plate numbers. Pass the word along and save someone a buck or two.