The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced new days for Legislative Day 2023, which will now be held March 22-24, 2023, with in-person visits to Capitol Hill occurring on March 23, 2023.
Per the NPMA’s news release, “The 2023 House Schedule was released earlier this month and Congress is unfortunately on recess during the previously announced program dates. The most important component of Legislative Day is bringing in nearly 400 constituents who advocate directly with their elected leaders on issues imperative to our industry.
“Therefore, in consultation with NPMA’s leadership, the decision was made to change the dates for Legislative Day. NPMA was extremely fortunate to be able to quickly locate and confirm sufficient space for the event and will remain at the Capital Hilton again this year.”
The Fairfax, Va.-based association pointed out that over the past 20 years of hosting Legislative Day, it has never had to adjust its schedule based on Congress being on recess. Coming off this year’s mid-term elections, however, the NPMA said “it is vital to forge relationships with new members of Congress while strengthening the existing ones” they have developed over the years: “The last time the pest control industry had a chance to do in-person meetings on Capitol Hill was March 2020. Three years later, NPMA very much wants to be in person and present for these important meetings instead of another year of virtual appointments.”
“2023 is a Farm Bill reauthorization year. This giant piece of legislation takes place twice per decade and we need a strong showing of members to help get pesticide preemption passed and push back against activists groups that want to limit the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). NPMA has found that relationships are strongest with Hill offices where members have visited in person, and we hope to build upon those relationships through in-person member engagement,” said J.D. Darr, NPMA’s director of regulatory and legislative affairs.
Registration is now open and full details on the event can be found at https://legislativeday.npmapestworld.org.
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