PCOC - Summer 2016 - 16
By Andrew Architect, Andrew Bray,
Jim Fredericks & Jake Plevelich
**Disclaimer: The NPMA Federal Update was written May 9, 2016.
Please visit www.npmapestword.org for developments and updates on Federal policy**
In no small way can NPMA thank the
hundreds of NPMA members who conducted meetings with their legislators to
urge the introduction of legislative action
to stop the drastic proposed overtime rule.
During the approximately 400 meetings with
Congressional representatives, the voice of
the pest management industry was heard
loud and clear, resulting in the first substantive legislative proposal that would block the
implementation of the proposed rule.
The NPMA's mission is protecting your
business and it will continue to advocate on
Anti-Overtime Legislation Introduced
In March, Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representatives
Tim Walberg (R-MI) and John Kline (R-MN)
introduced the Protecting Workplace
Advancement and Opportunity Act, which
requires the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct a comprehensive economic analysis on
the impact of mandatory overtime expansion
to small businesses, nonprofits, and public
employers before issuing any final rule. The
final rule is anticipated to be released before
the end of May.
www.pcoc.org / Summer 2016
your behalf to stop any overarching legislation that will negatively impact your success.
As always, if you have any questions, please
The Federal Government's Response
to Zika, NPMA Engagement
The Zika virus remains a priority topic
for the NPMA Executive branch and federal
law makers in anticipation of warmer temperatures throughout the nation. Recently,
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) explained how mosquitoes that carry Zika have spread much faster
in the United States; the virus has greater
health impacts than previously thought.
CDC officials now believe mosquitoes carrying the virus may be in 30 states - up
from 12 states, as previously determined.
Experts from CDC have also linked the
virus to pregnancy complications beyond
microcephaly and that Zika may also be
associated with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a neurological condition that
affects the brain in a manner similar to
CDC officials again stressed the need for
additional funding to combat Zika, warning
that the nearly $600 million in Ebola funds
the Obama administration redirected to Zika
efforts last week would not be enough. The
White House has asked for $1.9 billion in
new funding for Zika.
On Capitol Hill, the House Appropriations
Committee Chairman Hal Rogers stated
that the Committee is rapidly working on
a supplemental bill to provide additional
funding to fight Zika but cautioned that the
committee is waiting on the administration
to provide more details regarding what it