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General Membership Meeting Notes
02/27/2024

General Membership Meeting Notes

Member News

The WSPMA meeting in Hood River, OR highlighted gratitude towards partners and members. Discussions included financial stability, legislative updates, educational events, and the Steel Bridge program for veterans. Bylaw changes were approved, and concerns over online testing delays were addressed. The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn.

Legislative Day 2024
02/27/2024

Legislative Day 2024

Legislative

The NPMA Legislative Day program features committee meetings, leadership forums, advocacy training, and legislative strategy sessions, culminating in hill visits. WSPMA will send multiple representatives to ensure industry concerns are heard, emphasizing their commitment to protecting the integrity of pest management work.

PestVets Meeting Summary
02/20/2024

PestVets Meeting Summary

PestVets

The meeting notes cover relocation, pest management perspectives, and the Skill Bridge program, focusing on veteran integration into the civilian workforce. Topics include legislative sessions, partnerships, internships, liability concerns, and military-targeted outreach efforts, alongside service member transitions and partner requirements.

Legislative Updates
02/19/2024

Legislative Updates

Government Affairs

Bills extend pesticide tax exemption, alter neonicotinoid use, and address waste management. Others, covering taxes and emissions, are no longer active.

National Board of Directors Voting
02/19/2024

National Board of Directors Voting

NPMA

WSPMA members: Prepare to vote in NPMA Board of Directors election, March 15 - April 15, 2024. Ensure your email is updated for online voting. A local member nominated. Contact alindley@pestworld.org to update info.

SkillBridge Program
02/13/2024

SkillBridge Program

PestVets

The virtual meeting with the Washington State Pest Management Association's Pest Vets Unit will spotlight the NPMA SkillBridge program. Liz Bicer from NPMA will discuss its benefits for companies in the hiring process. The program connects businesses with skilled military personnel, providing internships and employment pathways, fostering a mutually beneficial partnership.

Leadership Change within WSDA
01/31/2024

Leadership Change within WSDA

WSDA Updates

National PestVets Meeting Notes
01/19/2024

National PestVets Meeting Notes

PestVets

The PestVets Council's monthly meeting covered PestVets of the Year nominations, plans for a Day of Service project in Denver, updates on the new Mallis Handbook edition, legislative day plans, and successful progress with Operation Gratitude.

Video of Testimony on SB5972 & HB2073
01/19/2024

Video of Testimony on SB5972 & HB2073

Government Affairs

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) successfully opposed House Bill 2073's restrictions on sulfuryl fluoride and advocated for a balanced approach to Senate Bill 5972, which now only affects outdoor neonic use by homeowners. The industry faces increasing legislative scrutiny, and WSPMA, along with the National Pest Management Association, is actively monitoring, providing updates, and lobbying to safeguard members' interests. A recent meeting with Senator Liias resulted in amendments to SB 5972, a significant win for the pest control industry. WSPMA encourages members to stay informed and engaged for a thriving industry future.

PWIPM: Cultivating Connections
01/17/2024

PWIPM: Cultivating Connections

PWIPM

The meeting highlighted a professional's networking journey in the pest management industry, emphasizing the importance of quality connections. Discussions covered internal and external networking, responsible event representation, and community involvement. Calendar invite challenges were addressed, and upcoming opportunities, including nominations for an industry award and a Women's Forum, were announced. In-person and Zoom networking events were also mentioned.

Legislative Updates
01/12/2024

Legislative Updates

Government Affairs

The Washington State Legislature's 60-day session, focused on a supplemental budget, addresses pesticide-related issues among other key topics. Governor Inslee emphasizes challenges with the Climate Commitment Act, urging transparency in oil prices and increased funding for opioids. Over 880 bills introduced, including initiatives on repealing the CCA. Notable pesticide bills and hearings outlined.

January News: Elevating Excellence
01/10/2024

January News: Elevating Excellence

E-Bulletin

Members are urged to take action as registration is closing for the Western Washington Ant ID Lab with Dr. Laurel Hansen on January 13, 2024. WSPMA President Luke Rambo shares his goals for 2024, emphasizing the significance of member involvement and connection. A legislative report outlines the key points of the Washington State Legislature's 60-day session. Gratitude is expressed to 2024 strategic partners. The B&G Equipment Rebuild Class is highlighted as a comprehensive exploration of equipment maintenance. The Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference, featuring renowned experts and a business panel discussion, is announced. Additionally, WSPMA launches a new website and integrates advanced management software.

Member Call to Action
01/08/2024

Member Call to Action

Government Affairs

Our SPARs communicate the WSPMA standpoint on Senate Bill 5972, which proposes significant restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids.

National PestVets Meeting Notes
12/22/2023

National PestVets Meeting Notes

PestVets

The WSPMA PestVets chair and co-chair participated in the National Pest Management PestVets meeting. Conversations covered topics such as safety, PestVets of the Year nominations, the approval of new PestVets companies, grants, and updates on the SkillBridge program.

WSDA Temporary License Policy
12/22/2023

WSDA Temporary License Policy

Updates

WSPMA reached out to WSDA for some clarification on the recent change to the temporary license policy. Read here for important details to how this may affect your businesses.

December News: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
12/21/2023

December News: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

E-Bulletin

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) announces its Winter Convention on December 9, 2023, offering a day of learning for companies with various educational sessions. The General Membership Meeting follows, featuring updates and insights. The newsletter also previews 2024 events, committee meetings, a spider identification workshop, and shares a positive recap of a member's experience at PestWorld Hawaii.

November News: Winter Convention
11/13/2023

November News: Winter Convention

E-Newsletter

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) announces its Winter Convention on December 9, 2023, offering a day of learning for companies with various educational sessions. The General Membership Meeting follows, featuring updates and insights. The newsletter also previews 2024 events, committee meetings, a spider identification workshop, and shares a positive recap of a member's experience at PestWorld Hawaii.

October News
10/12/2023

October News

E-Newsletter

Discover a comprehensive event calendar featuring seminars, committee meetings, and the Winter Convention. Highlighting the Fall Seminar's focus on pest management in the Pacific Northwest, experts will delve into stinging insects, spiders, ticks, bedbugs, fleas, and other arthropods, providing essential insights and strategies for professionals. Additionally, the newsletter covers the Education Committee's 2024 planning, a call for spider specimens, and updates on the PestWorld Hawaii event. Don't miss the Winter Convention for crucial updates, technical sessions, and networking opportunities to enhance your pest management skills.