PCOC - Fall 2013 - (Page 29)

state capitol Report Back to Business By Dominic DiMare, Legislative Advocate & Darrell Ennes, PCOC Legislative Committee Chair For a while, this summer, there were three weeks of the agonizing Sacramento sun beating down on a state Capitol devoid of lawmakers. Assembly members exited for their summer recess a week earlier than their Senate counterparts, courtesy of a scheduling conflict that staggered their respective breaks. That means senators had the Capitol to themselves for a week in July and assembly members had the building to themselves when they returned the first week in August. However, both houses will end the first year of the 2013-14 Legislative Session on Sept. 13. At that point, the governor will have until Oct. 13 to take action on the bills that were sent to him in the closing days of session. It may prove to be a lighter legislative year than in years past. As of this writing, there are relatively few big issues left to address. Before the legislature departed for their annual summer recess, the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development had a hearing for AB 1177 (Bocanegra), the Structural Fumigation bill that extends the sunset date for the Structural Fumigation Enforcement Program (Program) under the Department of Pesticide Regulation for Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties to Jan. 1, 2018. Per the request of the industry, the bill was amended in committee to increase the fee from $5 to $8. The bill had also removed Santa Clara County from the program because the county had let inspections drop to an unsustainable level. However, after positive discussions with the county and the industry, the bill was subsequently amended to include Santa Clara County back in the program. The goal is to continue to develop a relationship with Santa Clara County and maintain them in the program. The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) supported the bill stating the program is a cooperative relationship between county agricultural commissioners and the local pest control operators. Darrell Ennes also attended the committee hearing and testified in support; he was also available to answer any questions that the committee had. The bill passed the committee with a 10 – 0 vote. It is highly likely that the bill will have been passed out of the Legislature and signed by the governor by the time you are reading this article. PCOC-supported SB 662 (Galgiani) was poised to clear the Assembly Appropriations Committee. SB 662 increases the minimum limit for liability insurance to $500,000 for a structural pest control company; increases the amount of the surety bond required to maintain a license or company registration to $12,500; increases the upper limit of a surety bond www.pcoc.org / Fall 2013 29 http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
PCOC Expo 2013: A Pictorial Highlight
Expo 2013 Bed Bug Presentation: Control and Management Updates
Overview of NEW California Aeration Plan (CAP)
Calbug Project: Public Needed to Uncover Clues in Natural History Collections
Your Guide to Social Media Startup
Federal Update
Insurance Small Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform Act
State Capitol Report Back to Business
Firm Profile Round the Clock Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
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