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2016 November Newsletter





Inside this issue:


2017 Conference


Legislative Update


Industry News




Upcoming Events


Allied Member Directory


AZPPO is excited to announce our Keynote Speakers will be Dr. Dini Miller and Paul Bello! We are working on other fantastic speakers to round out the 2-day educational conference.

We have submitted and are currently awaiting continuing education course approvals from the states of AZ, NM, CA, NV, UT.

Vendor and Sponsor Registrations are now open.

Educational class registration will open soon.

Save the date and look for more information to come on our website  http://azppo.org/Conference 


AZPPO Legislative Update

It has been a busy summer for the members of the AZPPO Legislative Committee. Over the last several months the committee has worked to draft the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Pest Management Division(PMD formerlly OPM) new rules that were needed as a result of SB1270 – Pest Management Division.

SB1270 Sponsored by Senator Gail Griffin finalized the move of OPM into the Dept of Agriculture by moving all the statutes to title 3 (from Title 32). In addition to the technical changes needed the committee identified a few rules that needed to be updated, clarified and modernized. The committee encourages you to review the rules that are now available for public comment HERE.

The legislative committee is still working with the PMD to clarify that home inspectors can only document suspected pest activity as opposed to documenting evidence of wood destroying organisms. We are working to clarify when a person is exempt from licensure as long as they do not identify pests, do not apply pesticides and use only devices that are specified in rules as being exempt. Finally we are working to clarify that ground water reporting is required only for soil=applied herbicide and that the licensee only needs to report the concentrated amount applied not the total volume applied. The committee is currently awaiting a response from PMD on these last proposed changes.

The committee is also looking forward to the next legislative session which will start on Monday January 9, 2017. AZPPO is anticipating proactively supporting a bill sponsored by Senator Gail Griffin to expand the existing state preemption of cities, towns, counties and other political subdivisions of the state from further regulations of pesticides. Recently a couple of cities have considered banning certain pesticides within their municipal boundaries. While the ban was approved by the Council it is certainly caused significant concern for our members. The bill will also include a provision requiring all new QP’s to complete a Department of Public Safety (DPS) fingerprint clearance. As you will recall when OPM moved into the Department of Agriculture the DPS fingerprint clearance for licensees was eliminated.

Finally be sure to save the date for the first ever AZPPO day at the Capitol on Thursday March 16, 2017. Members will be meeting at the Capitol at 8:00 am and will provide a grab and go breakfast of bagels and coffee to the legislators. Hope you can join us! 



Thanksgiving Food Drive:


Top Golf Sponsors:

APG/Catchmaster - Arizona Spray Equipment - BASF -Bayer Bell Laboratories - Briostack - B&G - Control Solutions, Inc - DOW - Farmers Insurance/Mike Herrmann Agency - FMC - Green Gorilla - J T Eaton - Liphatech - Metro Institute - MGK - Nisus - Paragon - PestWest Environmental - Sands Chevrolet - Syngenta - Target Specialty Products - Turf & Pest Supply - Univar


Industry News

Breaking - Overtime Rule Alert

Last week, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction from the implementation of the Department of Labor’s final overtime rule that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016 and would raise the minimum overtime eligibility threshold to $47,476, annually. The preliminary junction was sought by two groups of plaintiffs that consist of 21 states and a combination of industry groups lead by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Businesses.


The Court determined that implementation of the final rule on December 1, 2016 would cause irreparable harm to businesses nationwide while agreeing with the plaintiffs that the Department of Labor exceeded their statutory authority pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. It is important to note that this court ruling is limited to a delay of implementation of the final rule until a federal court can make a final determination on the merits of the case, which should be several month away.

Because a preliminary injunction is not a final ruling there are limited options for the Department of Labor to appeal this decision and a very short window of time prior to the December 1, 2016 implementation date. So far, we have not learned of any statement or appeal by DOL. NPMA is monitoring - based on the ruling, they anticipate the overtime rule will NOT be implemented as expected on December 1, 2016.  We will let you know if we hear more.

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Upcoming Events

Click on a date below for more information


December 12 - Certification Training 


December 14 - Certification Training - CORE and I&IAZPPO Board Meeting


January 11 - AZPPO Board Meeting


January 12 - AZPPO Monthly Membership Meeting


March 16 - AZPPO Day at the Capitol


March 28-30 - Great Western Conference & Trade Show


May 26 -  Bugs N Balls Golf Tournament


See our website for more information www.azzpo.org

Allied Member Directory

The following companies provide support to the industry and are members of AZPPO. 


Affordable GPS Tracking Victor Krstec: 623-328-8906 victor@agps1.com


Allergy Technologies Patty Maslowski: 215-654-0880; service@allergytechnologies.com


All Risks Pam Brunges: 800-366-5810 x3610 pbrunges@allrisks.com 


AP&G Scott Baldwin 480-760-5874 sbaldwin@catchmasterpro.com

Arizona Spray Equipment 
Samuel Andrus: 623-847-5604; critter@azspray


B&G Equipment Company John Cotton: 714-319-4422; jcotton@bgeuip.com


BASF Pest Control Solutions Ronnie Holder: 713-294-7628; ronald.holder@basf.com

Bayer Environmental Eric Paysen: 602-245-3659; eric.paysen@bayer.com

Bell Laboratories, Inc. Patrick Lynch: plynch@belllabs.com

BrioStack Software DerrickWalker: 801-616-6182 dwalker@shortstack.me


Business Broker T.J. Hammer T.J. Hammer: 480-540-5005; Tjhammers@aol.com


Central Life Sciences Blaine Oakeson: 801-731-8210 boakeson@central.com


Chemtech Supply, Inc. Jack McClure: 480-833-7578; jack@chemtechsupply.com


Control Solutions Inc  Rob Ives: 713-203-4058; rives@controlsolutionsinc.com     


Diversified Sales & Marketing Larry Hiner: 918-695-6742 lhiner@divsales.com


Dow AgroSciences Les Johnson: 480-759-9120; lljohnson2@dow.com


Fleetmatics  David Stevens: 847-378-7393 david.stevens@fleetmatics.com


FMC Professional Solutions Alea Pedroza: 714-833-1911 alea.pedroza@fmc.com

Gervase Law Firm, PLLC Lisa Gervase: 480-515-4801; lgervase@gervaselaw.com


HR Wise Greg O'Keefe: 480-636-2109 payroll@hrwisellc.com


J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. James Rodriguez: 800-321-3421; james@jteaton.com


LiphaTech Joshua Joyce: 714-262-0355: joycej@liphatech.com  


Marathon Data Systems Danielle Panichi events@marathondata.com


Mattress Safe Gary Brooks gary@mattresssafe.com


Metro Institute Michael Means: 602-452-2901; mike@metroinstitute.com


MGK Matt Kenney: 559.232.8696; matt.kenney@mgk.com


Michael S. Herrmann Insurance Agency, Inc. Mike Herrmann: 480-731-6600; mike@mikeherrmann.net


Mobile Training Solutions Linda Harrington 520-419-9575 linda@mobiletrainingsolutions.net


Modern Methods Art Guzman guzzer60@gmail.com


Nature-Cide Gregory Pettis: 818-885-9874 nish@pac-sh.com


Pestmaster Services Jeff Van Diepen: 775-858-7378 jlechler@pestmaster.com


PestRoutes Jared Green 435-817-1770 jared@pestroutes.com


Quality Equipment & Spray Andrew Greess: 602-371-1993; andrew@qspray.com

Residex Ada Wilson: 480-322-2211 awilson@residex.com


Service Pro.net Randy Hames: 614-553-0227 randy@servsuite.net


Slingshot Chris Huntsman: 801-203-4643 chris@getslingshot.com


Syngenta Professional Nick Grisafe: 909-353-5907; nick.grisafe@syngenta.com


Target Specialty Products Kurt Smith: 480-517-0755; kurt.smith@target-specialty.com
Salena Rafferty: salena.rafferty@target-specialty.com, Ruth Leo: ruth.leo@target-specialty.com


The Mahoney Group Joe Steiner: 480-214-2746 jsteiner@mahoneygroup.com


Turf & Pest Supply David Crandell: 602-369-6137 dave@turfandpest.com


Univar USA Inc. Ed Conboy: 520-747-8717; Ed.Conboy@univarusa.com Christy Davie: 480-894-5323; christy.davie@univarusa.com  Jackie Bell: 602-233-2440 jackie.bell@univarusa.com


Weisburger Insurance Brokerage Gary Shapiro: 800-431-2794; info@weisburger.com

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