Washington State Pest Management Association
WSPMA Board at Work
On Friday, January 24 several WSPMA Board Members traveled to Olympia to be present for the reading to HB2624 . This bill is concerning the WSDA exams and fees. It is vital that this bill pass to allow the modernization of testing. This is an issue that the WSDA has known about for years. More recently, the WSPMA has been more vocal about the inadequacies of the current state of the exam process.

This bill will get us one step closer to what we need to be more efficient as an industry.

There is a video of the reading and testimony at the link below. Skip ahead to 1:14 to hear HB2624.
Educational Events
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Just a few short weeks ago, Dr. Laurel Hansen put on her Ant ID Lab for Members of our Association. This educational event is a long standing tradition within the WSPMA and is highly sought after. Because this is a very hands-on lab with specimens provided to each attendee, we must limit the attendees. That being said, the event sold out within a week of being posted and the wait list for the Ant ID Lab was over 12 long. It disappoints us to say that of our 24 sold out seats, only 6 people actually showed up for the morning Lab. Dr. Hansen took the time to assemble and travel with a kit for each of our attendees.

If you do register for an event with limited seating and circumstances prevent you from attending, please reach out so we can try to fill your seat.
Join us on
Friday, February 28 at 3:30 pm
in Hood River, Oregon
for our General Membership Meeting.

We will be discussing our relationship with NPMA as well as a restructuring of our Membership Dues and our committee reports.

Government Affairs
ROAD USAGE CHARGE
Reported by: Billy Olesen
Billy Olesen
QUESTIONS:

  • What is a road usage charge? It would be a charge for using every mile of road you use. 
  • We have a gas tax, why do we need another tax? Well the gas tax revenue has started to level off, it hasn't gone down according the commission, but they anticipate it will start to due to more fuel efficient vehicles. 
  
The Washington State Transportation Commission held a public meeting last month on recommending a "Road Usage Charge" or "RUC". I testified to oppose them recommending the "tax" to our legislature. An interesting detail we learned at the meeting is this won't replace the gas tax, the gas tax will remain. The argument was out-of-state drivers would be using the roads for free if we did do away with the gas tax. The plan being recommended is that you would keep your gas receipts, submit them and if you spent more in gas tax than you paid in "RUC" you'd get a rebate. Additionaly, the overhead to carry out a "RUC" would be huge, even by the commission's own findings, but they claim the net revenue would be up. 

The Road Usage Charge would cost more for the state to implement and enforce making the return on our investments less effective. Right now this is just a recommendation being made but it is also supported by Governor Inslee. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can reach out to you representative and let them know your thoughts on the Road Usage Charge in Washington State. Find your representative here .

February Workshop
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Univar, Kent
There's a Bug in My Taco!
The Professional Pest Management Association has long used taglines like “Protectors of the Environment” and “Our Mission is Your Protection”, and has always been associated with protecting human health and
property. When it comes to the restaurant setting, food handling and processing in general, our
activities are intended to prevent the introduction and infestation of pests, but there is a need to
examine the relationship between pests and food borne illnesses, and how we, as pest prevention
professionals may create unsanitary conditions through our actions or omissions. This presentation is a high-level look at the food safety spectrum and steps we can take to help ensure food safety.
Association Tidbits
As an Association, we were able to raise $1,500 to donate to Brad Cyrier's family. Thank you all for your support and donations. The Cyrier's were overwhelmed with your generosity.
Our Vendors are playing musical chairs. We would like to keep you informed of our new representatives so you know who to go to for support.
B&G Equipment
Bill Lash
william.lash@bgequip.com
JT Eaton
Dale Baker
db@jteaton.com
PESTVETS VETERAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
 
From NPMA - "Sponsored by FMC, The PestVets Veteran of the Year Award was created to honor a Veteran who has helped strengthen the role of the pest management industry. They are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the industry and to the communities they serve. The criteria may include any of the following: the nominee’s leadership/involvement in community volunteer activities, the nominee’s contributions to the pest control industry, the nominee’s contributions to his/her company, and the nominee’s contributions to other Veterans. The minimum qualifications for a nomination must include: must be an honorably discharged (DD214) Veteran of the US Military and must be employed by an NPMA member company.
 
Deadline: Nominations are due by February 20, 2020 . The recipient will be awarded at Legislative Day 2020 in Washington, DC. If you have any questions regarding a nomination, please contact Jake Plevelich at  jplevelich@pestworld.org  or by phone at (703) 352-6762."