Live from Legislative Day 2019


February 26, 2019

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) called on its members to work together on issues affecting the pest management industry, and they delivered during Legislative Day 2019.

The annual event is held at the Capitol Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. and this year, it took place Feb. 24-26. NPMA committee meetings, panel discussions, keynote addresses by Washington insiders, and in-depth discussions of the issues kept attendees busy. On the final day of the event, PMPs storm Capitol Hill and meet with their senators and state representatives to ask for their support on the issues the NPMA has chosen as critical to the livelihood of its members.

This year, PMPs are asking their representatives for:

  • Support of the SMASH Act, which would extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants for mosquito control programs to include emerging mosquito-borne diseases and extend existing mosquito control programs.
  • Support of the REDTAPE Act, which would remove the requirement for pest control applicators to request a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit in the event of runoff near water.
  • A partner on bed bug legislation that would help address the ongoing crisis caused by this pest.
  • Passage of the Main Street Tax Certainty Act that would make the Section 199A tax deduction permanent.
  • Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus depreciation provision permanent before 2023.


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Diane Sofranec is the senior editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3793.

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