PCOC - Spring 2014 - (Page 11)

martyn's Corner Protect Our Industry - Attend Leg Day 2014 By Martyn B. Hopper Executive Vice President I am fond of quoting the famous saying that "No one's life or liberty is safe as long as the legislature is in session." This is especially true for the pest control industry which has to contend with a variety of legislative threats throughout the year. These threats may come in the form of an organized attempt by the environmental lobby to impose their agenda on our industry. Legislation is introduced which would be a huge burden on the industry and on the consumer. Another activity we have to look out for is the legislator who introduces a bill related to the use of pesticides....the concept comes from a constituent. The problem in this case is that there has been no research attached to such a concept. So we are left having to defend our industry on multiple fronts throughout the year. PCOC has a very effective lobbying team. In many cases our most significant successes come from legislative threats that are never introduced in bill form. We are able to head off such threats by talking with those legislators and their staff...and letting common sense prevail! www.pcoc.org / Spring 2014 11 The No. 1 reason why elected officials listen to PCOC is that we are credible. The arguments that we make are based on fact. In addition, elected official remember that PCOC members take the time to come to Sacramento and visit with them in their offices. (It's not the chocolate bugs that do it!). There is nothing like a constituent of a legislator sitting down face to face discussing the most important pest control issues. Leg Day is the venue where all this happens. That is why it is such an important event in our association's calendar. Our combined Board of Directors meeting and Leg Day will be March 25-26 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. You can check the schedule online. We have an exciting Leg Day program, which kicks off with a Legislative Reception for all 180 legislators. This is a great time to start networking...and lobbying! I look forward to seeing you there! http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Spring 2014

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Beyond the Bugs: A Conversation with Michael F. Potter
Equipment Financing & Leasing: An Important Tool for Business Growth
Maximize Our Presence at PCOC’s 2014 Legislative Days
Federal Update
Small Employer Responsibilities Under Health Care Reform Act
Happy Days are Here Again
Corky’s Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser.com

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