Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015 - (Page 23)

capitol concerns Legislative Tour 2015 Recap By Sean Brantley and Suzanne Graham, FPMA Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs T he FPMA Legislative Tour 2015 was a huge success. This year we added several new components and we already have an eye on what more we can do to improve the experience the next time (2017). This year's legislative session had already started taking on its own personality by the time we arrived. LIP funding from the federal government had stalled, leaving a huge gap in the budget. Each Chamber took its own approach to the budget and one accounted for not receiving the federal funding while the other was banking on a resolution. At the time we were there, it was billions of dollars separating the two bills. Discussions about appropriations were very different with the unknown looming. All in all there would be two choices coming and neither was fun. If the two sides could not come together before the end of session they would either have to recess until done or call a Special Session. The Special Session meant that a lot of other things would be reintroduced and more potential for issues. It was a crazy time for sure. There were discussions about water quality and quantity with springs and nutrients. There were talks of tax and fee cuts. There were business regulation discussions. And as usual, Tallahassee during the Legislative Session was a mad house of activity. The one thing that was really nice about this particular Legislative Tour is that we didn't have a huge fight in front of us. This meant that we could be more relaxed and discuss our industry without the glare of opposition. It was nice to stop and meet with our elected officials and not ask for something. Overall, the Tour was great. The event started off this year with a private tour of the Capitol by Missy Timmins. She showed us how to | navigate the Capitol and even turned a few of us into walking maps of the buildings (Steve Lum can show you anywhere you need to go now). There are no maps since 9/11 and if you don't know where you are going, you likely won't find it. The elevators are the keys to the castle and knowing where they go and how to use them is critical. Knowing which floor can get you to which building or area is critical. All in all, this tour provided us with a chance to understand how to get around this mammoth structure. After the tour, it was time for some drinks and hors d' oeuvres at the Governor's Club. This is a members-only, exclusive club that Timmins reserved for us to have our mixer. It was a great time to ask questions, share information and network. From there, we returned to the Hotel Duval's 8th Floor Ballroom for our Welcome Reception. It was a nice time for sure and everyone stayed and hung out on the patio outside. Day two of the Tour started us off at the Breakfast Briefing. Here, we heard from guest speakers DACS Director Andy Rackley, Diane Doll from our PestPAC, Bryan Cooksey from McCall Service, Rep. Matt Caldwell, Rep. Albritton and Timmins Consulting's Top photo: Mike Kemp of Ensystex (Welcome Reception Sponsor) with door prize winners, Region 5 Director Sandy Eason and Region 1 Director Vanessa Ferguson. Bottom photo: Kyle Verona, Fahey Pest Management; FPMA President Keith Ruebeling; Mike D'Amico, Forshaw, Inc. and Derek Pumphrey, Brock Lawn & Pest. Pest Perspectives 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015

Presidential perspective: Out and About with FPMA
FPMA 1980-1999: More Influence, a More Professional Image
Update on the Invasive Conehead Termite Treatment Program in South Florida
Four Secrets to Communicating with Clarity
Capitol concerns: Legislative Tour 2015 Recap
FPMA Leadership: Class 2 Takes on Tallahassee
FPMA corner
Operational excellence: Five Characteristics of Attractive Pest Control Merger Partners
Advertiser index

Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015