Pest Perspectives - January/February 2015 - (Page 23)
Legislative Priorities Set Forth
By Sean Brantley and Suzanne Graham, FPMA Government Affairs
his should be hitting the mail around Christmas
so Merry Christmas to all of you, Happy Hanukah
and Happy New Year. I hope that 2014 was
a great year for everyone's business and that 2015
continues the trend. Thank you for supporting our
industry through your membership and participation in
The 2015 season kicks off for FPMA at the Expo
in January. During this event the Government Affairs
Committee will also meet. Please stop in to hear the
updates on the upcoming session and what the FPMA
Government Affairs Committee is doing for you.
At the 2015 GAC meeting, Suzanne Graham of Massey
Services, and myself, Sean Brantley of Emory Brantley
& Sons, will be sworn in as the Co-Chairpersons for the
2015 Government Affairs Committee. Taking the reins
from Brian Van Dam, we look forward to keeping up the
great forward progress and good work of our Committee
As you may recall, there was a little election thing
that happened this year. The FPMA Pest PAC team
and the Government Affairs Committee worked with
Missy Timmins from Timmins Consulting to delegate
funds for election efforts. Overall, we contributed about
$17,500 to 35 candidates who have agreed with FPMA on
industry-related issues. Our pick record was 100 percent,
which means that every single legislator or cabinet
person we chose to assist won his/her campaign for this
cycle. Couple that with our previous track records and
you will see that we do a pretty good job of selection.
Congratulations to all of our friends in the state House,
Senate and Cabinet. We look forward to working with
them throughout this session.
We also conducted a survey recently of your ideas
and input for what our legislative priorities should be.
The data is in and First place goes to "Establish and
maintain relationships with legislators in Tallahassee
so they have a better understanding of our industry,
professionalism and the beneficial services we provide
the residents of Florida." Second place goes to "Good
working relationship with DACS." Third place is a
tie with "Illegal Operators" and "Protection of GHP
Preemption." Fifth place goes to "L&O Preemption"
and Sixth place to "Professional exemption for
limited fertilizer card holders." Seventh Place took
"County Fertilizer Ordinances." Eighth Place goes
to "Commercial Service Tax." The last place was
"Leaving 482 Alone" beating out the "482 Update." So
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we have a Prioritization Schedule to work on based
on a membership driven initiative. Thank you to
everyone who took the time to complete the survey.
Our Legislative Session this year is from March 3 to
May 1, 2015. There will be a whirlwind of activity for us to
monitor as usual but at this point we anticipate no major
issues. Rep. Steve Crisafulli is the new Speaker of the
House and has stated that "water" is a standout issue for
this session. Senate President Gardiner is new this year
and we look forward to working with the him as well.
Our Legislative Days are penciled in for March 23
and 24. This is a big day for you to be part of. Things
are going to be a little different this go-around
and there will be more guidance and support to
help make your experience in dealing with your
Representatives and Senators a more productive one.
You will see the flier and invite soon, so please mark
the date and get your room arrangements early.
See you at Expo in Orlando.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - January/February 2015
Staring the Year Off Strong
FPMA’s Formative Years (1945-1959)
Record-Breaking Exhibit Hall at PestWorld 2014
Canines Making Their Mark in Bed Bug Battle
FPMA Leadership Takes on Miami
Meet the New EVP: Sandy Nicotra
Legislative Priorities Set Forth
Three Tips for Training Technicians as You Grow
Vanessa Ferguson: Always Up for a Challenge
Pest Perspectives - January/February 2015