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NPMA
INCREASING

State Legislatures Efforts
By Jake Plevelich, Director of Public Policy at NPMA and
Ashley Amidon, VP of Public Policy at NPMA
NPMA continues to advocate for the industry at the local,
state and federal level. In DC and through our SPAR
program in the states, we defend and advance pest
management priorities across the country. Congress is
close to deadlocked on anything other than impeachment and the budget, so NPMA has seen increasing
activity in state legislatures across the country, below
are several key state efforts, as well as federal rule of
interest to the industry.

MASSACHUSETTS RODENTICIDE
COMMISSION/STUDY BILL
HEARD IN COMMITTEE
HB 3714, an act to create a special commission to study
the effects of rat poison on wildlife, was heard in the Joint
Environment Committee on September 10. The bill is still
viable but hasn't been voted on by the Committee and is
spearheaded by activist/journalist Laura Kiesel, who has
championed various environmental causes. It is also supported by Massachusetts Raptors Are the Solution (MASS

RATS) and Poison Free Arlington MA. There are parallels and
similarities regarding the same organizations and strategies
that pushed the rodenticide ban in CA. In August/September
of 2018, MASS RATS expressed a desire to ban rodenticides in
MA through a ballot initiative; however, it appears that a study
bill (HB 3714) has replaced banning rodenticides through a ballot initiative for the time being. NPMA, NEPMA, MA SPARs Ted
Brayton and Bill Siegel, and NEPMA President Galvin Murphy,
Jr. are heavily engaged and submitted written testimony.
NEPMA expressed in their written testimony that they opposed
HB 3714 due to a lack of evidence that a problem exists that
would prompt this bill, it deviates greatly from the scientific
regulatory process and is duplicative because our industry already employs IPM tactics and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department
of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) already have processes in
place to evaluate pesticides to ensure that there is not adverse
harm to human health and the environment.

PESTICIDE PREEMPTION PREVAILS IN
OREGON AFTER COURT RULING

BESTSTOCKFOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Oregon's state pesticide preemption law was upheld by
the Lincoln County Circuit Court, as it invalidated a Lincoln
County ordinance that banned aerial pesticide applications
in Lincoln County, OR. Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge
Sheryl Bachart ruled that Oregon's Pesticide Control Act
disallows local government regulation of pesticides, including aerial spraying, with her assertion: "Since the ordinance
seeks by its very terms to regulate pesticide use, the county
is completely pre-empted under state law from adopting any
ordinance regarding pesticide use."
Activist groups and Lincoln County brought forth legal
arguments that were akin to a long shot, as they claimed that

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President’s Message
EVP Message
Leveraging Data and Technology for Superior Rodent Control
NPMA Federal Update
State Capitol Report
Increase New Business By Educating Your Website Visitors
Insurance
Firm Profile
Index to Advertisers
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PCOC - Winter 2019 - President’s Message
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PCOC - Winter 2019 - EVP Message
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PCOC - Winter 2019 - NPMA Federal Update
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PCOC - Winter 2019 - State Capitol Report
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PCOC - Winter 2019 - Increase New Business By Educating Your Website Visitors
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