PCOC - Summer 2015 - (Page 25)

state capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy By Dominic DiMare, Legislative Advocate It is with a heavy heart that I write this article, for it is the first after the passing of my collaborator Darrell Ennes. Usually I would write the article and send it off for his review, and he would make a few edits or remind me of an issue that I had overlooked. He was my editor in a way, and I miss him. With Darrell in mind, we move forward with this quarter's legislative report. There are two words that we would use to describe the atmosphere in the Capitol these last few months: loud and busy. There have been thousands, yes, we did say thousands of people fulfilling their civic duties in committee hearings and member's offices; including the members of PCOC at the annual Legislative Day. Let's just say we've been standing in a lot of lines recently. There are a handful of issues floating around the Capitol this year that have taken a lot of time - none of them hot-button issues for the industry. Let us walk you through the issues. We start off with the drought. The administration of Gov. Jerry Brown enacted historic new water conservation rules in response to California's drought. The goal is to cut statewide water use by urban residents 25 percent over the next nine months to help preserve water supplies in case the drought continues through next winter. Am I affected? Yes. The rules apply to all 38 million California residents. There are basically three types of rules. Think of them as three buckets: First are statewide rules that ban water wasting. They apply to everyone. Second are mandatory conservation targets for cities and water districts. And, finally, there are local rules, which vary from place to place. Now, that Gov. Brown is very serious about the drought, we expect this to be the start of a lot of information we hear from him this year. There will be more to come on that issue. The second big ticket item this year is the budget, the May Revise which was expected to be released May 14, which means by the time you read this article we will have a budget passed and signed by the governor. As of now, California's budget is in surplus and is soaring to new heights; those that will benefit the most will be school. Last week, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that the state's revenue has climbed as much as $8 billion in the last four months. Even for the state's most experienced school finance experts, predicting how much California's schools will get in new revenues is a guessing game. This year the task is especially challenging because of the unanticipated back-and-forth between two voter-approved initiatives: Proposition 98, approved by voters in 1988, and Proposition 2, championed by Governor Brown and approved by voters just last November. In addition, there are many unknowns about how much tax revenue the state will generate from a variety of sources. One thing we know for sure, schools and community colleges will be the big and possibly only winners when it comes to dividing up the extra revenues. The  Legislative Analyst's Office and others estimate that California's rising economy could generate between $4 and $8 billion more than the state had projected. www.pcoc.org / Summer 2015 25 Last but not least, we have a legislative update for you. In the last article, we mentioned a piece of legislation that was certain to be introduced. That was the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) proposal from the Act Review Committee. As a result of the many conversations with the committee, SB 799 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) was introduced. This bill includes changes from the Act Review Committee. In order for the committee to introduce an omnibus bill, both legislative parties have to agree to the language. The bill makes several non-controversial, minor, non-substantive or technical changes to various provisions within the Business and Professions Code relating to the non-health regulatory boards of the Department of Consumer Affairs. SB 799 contains the following provisions relating to Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB): "Defines "household" as any structure and its contents which are used for man and his convenience. (BPC § 8508). Limits the effect of the section to Branch 1 and Branch 3 registered companies. (BPC § 8513), requires any registered company that makes an inspection of any property relating to the absence or presence of wood destroying pests or organisms on such property and makes a report of such inspection furnish a copy of the report either to the owner of the property or to the agent of the owner, within 10 working days after the date the inspection is commenced, http://pcoc.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Presidential Profile
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Federal Update
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
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