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The Arizona Pest Control Professional Organization (AZPPO) is heavily engaged on a bill (SB 1270) that would complete the final step for the Arizona Office of Pest Management’s (OPM) transition into the Department of Agriculture. This bill is pro-business. It would exempt the Division from rule making for one year after the effective date, streamline the regulatory reporting requirements for schools and childcare facilities, and has the support of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Arizona Landscapers Association. The business community agrees—this bill facilitates certainty and predictability for the regulatory environment. Lastly, other key tenets of the bill include cracking down on bad actors who are unlicensed applicators; clarifies the landscaper exemption for the use of five gallon containers as opposed to a four-gallon container, which are not commonly available for retail purchase; and places all pest management funds into a trust, consistent with other ADA funds. The bill is sponsored by Senator Gail Griffin (R) and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources on 2/1/16.
HB 2190 was introduced on 1/13/16 in the Arizona House of Representatives. The bill provides that “A governing board of each school district shall develop and adopt a policy to provide pupils and employees with at least forty-eight hours' notice before pesticides are applied on school property, except that a school district may immediately apply pesticides to an identified infestation if the school district determines that the application is necessary to arrest further infestation and if reasonable precautions are taken to avoid exposure to employees and pupils.” This language has been added to previous school notice requirements. This bill does not change the existing 48 hour notice requirement and on its face appears to liberalize applications in emergency situations. This bill is sponsored by Representative Paul Boyer (R).
HB 2281 was introduced on 1/14/2016 in the House of Representatives by Representative Mendez (D). H. 2281 would prohibit the sale and/or use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam throughout the state.
The NPMA State Policy Affairs Representative is the key liaison responsible for coordinating issues between associations. To contact your state SPAR click on their email below.
Stuart Keenan lives with his wife and children in Phoenix Arizona. He currently manages the service division for KY-KO Pest Prevention. Stuart worked for KY-KO since 2001 when he started my career in the industry. Stuart is very involved with his daughters’ extra-curricular activities and has a love for current events and outdoor activities. Stuart currently serves as the Arizona Pest Professionals Organization (AZPPO) Legislative Committee Chair. Stuart works daily to serve the best interest of the pest industry in Arizona.