Legislation and Advocacy News

Legislation and Advocacy News

 

November 2019

November Legislative and Regulatory Update
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October 2019

Chemical Control Subcommittee is Seeking Volunteers

 

The AMCA Legislative and Regulatory Committee is seeking volunteers who will actively engage in subcommittee discussions relating to expanding the mosquito control “toolbox.” This includes, but is no longer limited to, chemical control tools. Topics that have sparked conversations among the subcommittee recently are:

This would be a great opportunity for Young Professionals and members from all walks of life to get involved in educating AMCA members, legislators, regulators, and the public on new and existing mosquito control tools. Interested individuals should contact Nina Dacko, Subcommittee Chair.

 

Support Public Health Funding

 

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provided important increases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and other critical public health programs. Unfortunately, funding levels for these important public health agencies are significantly lower in the Senate version. 

 

Both chambers will need to reach an agreement on funding levels before finalizing any FY 2020 bills. AMCA recently signed on to letters in support of public health funding. To view the letters, click here

 

The Senate Health, Education, Welfare and Pensions Committee is scheduled to discuss S. 1657, Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout Act (TICK) Act on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10AM eastern time. To view the meeting click here. The TICK Act reauthorizes 

 

Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease at $10 million for each of FY2021 - FY2026. These Centers collaborate with academia and public health agencies for surveillance, prevention, outbreak response. The bill also authorizes CDC Grants at $20 million for each of FY2021 - FY2026 to State health departments to build a public health infrastructure for Lyme and other tick and vector-borne diseases, and expand initiatives through public-private partnerships. 

 

Make sure to stop by the Legislative and Regulatory Symposium at the Annual Meeting in Portland for updates on these (and many other) important issues impacting mosquito and vector control operations. 

 

If you have any questions about L&R issues, please feel free to contact  Angela Beehler.

August 2019

August Legislative and Regulatory Update
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July 2019

Federal Funding
Senate Committee discussing the future of public health spending

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPIA) (S. 1379), which includes the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act, a bill to provide funding to political subdivisions in response to a public health threat from mosquito- and vector-transmitted diseases, was signed into law on June 24. Now that funding has been authorized, the next step is to ask forappropriations. The Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services will be marking up the Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill in the near future. You can help today by sending a letter to your members of Congress asking them to fully fund the SMASH Act; Sect. 607 of PAHPIA. Senate Subcommittee Members listed by state below*. For a letter template, click here.

Endangered Species Act (ESA)
Public comment period extended to August 15th

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public meeting on June 10, 2019, where the agency presented a draft revised method for conducting national level threatened and endangered (listed) species biological evaluations (BEs) for pesticides. According to the public notice, “EPA’s objective with the draft revised methodologies is to deliver a more sustainable process for assessing pesticide impacts on endangered and threatened species that is efficient, protective, transparent, and scientifically defensible. The draft revised method is expected to meaningfully distinguish species that are likely to be exposed to and affected by the assessed pesticides from those that are not likely, in a manner that remains consistent with the National Academy of Sciences’ recommendations.” 

Comments should be submitted on or before August 15th, 2019, to docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2019-0185 at www.regulations.gov. For a summary of the document, click here. To read AMCA’s draft comments, click here.

Legislative and Regulatory Committee Report 7-16-19
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May 2019

EPA Seeks Nominations for the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
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April 2019

Office of Pesticide Programs Update
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MARCH 2019

USFWS Issues New Handbook for Mosquito Management on NWRs
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January 2019

ACS National Meeting & Exposition Call for Papers
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Chemical Control Subcommittee Update
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December 2018

Farm Bill Update
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November 2018

L&R Committee November Update
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Two Papers Released by the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
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October 2018

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service NEW Handbook for Mosquito Management on National Wildlife Refuges
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Office of Pesticides Program Update
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September 2018

US Department of Justice appeals the 9th Circuit Court decision on Chlorpyrifos
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August 2018

AMCA NPDES Support Update
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July 2018

Endangered Species Act Update
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AMCA Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee on UAS Report: UAS in Mosquito Control Survey Results
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BiOp Comments to EPA
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June 2018

NPDES Press Release 2018
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Legislative Updates from June Mosquito Monthly
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MAY 2018

20th Annual Washington Conference
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Experimental use permit for the OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing tetracycline Trans-Activator Variant protein.
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Endangered Species Act Consultations for Pesticides
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Next Steps for NPDES Legislation
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EPA Approves Fyfanon ULV Label Change
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EPA Reopens Public Comment Period on Application for Experimental Use Permit to Combat Mosquitoes
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March 2018 

Regulatory Reform Hearing
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Recent Regulatory Risks from the Endangered Species Act 
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January- 2018

Reauthorization of PRIA Still Pending
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The Endangered Species Act (ESA)
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DECEMBER- 2017

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Briefing
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NOVEMBER- 2017

EPA Registers the Wolbachia ZAP Strain in Live Male Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
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September- 2017

SMASH Act Support Letter
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Federal Funding Issue Paper
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AUGUST- 2017

SMASH Act
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JULY- 2017

Senate Bill S.340 the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2017
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June- 2017

HR 953 Roll Call Votes
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NPDES Fact Sheet
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EPA Pesticide Program Update From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs
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Pyrethroids Are Under Review!
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Legislative and Regulatory Committee Update
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May- 2017

Letter to EPA Admin OPBE's
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Letter to Interior OPBE's
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Letter to Commerce OPBE's
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AMCA's Statement on NPDES Burden
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HR 953 Coalition Letter
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MARCH- 2017

EPA Pesticide Program Update
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FEBRUARY- 2017

EPA Seeks Guidance on Pesticide Applications for Risk Assessments
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JANUARY- 2017 

Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products
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October- 2016 

Nature Communications Letter
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April- 2013

Key Senate and House Committees
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February- 2012

Talking Points in Support of HR872
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Press Release: Mosquito Experts Meeting in Austin, Texas Concerned Over Impact of New Water Regulations on the Future of Mosquito Control in the U.S.
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AMCA's Rebuttal to Senator Boxer Click here to read  Benefits of the Pesticide General Permit (PGP) Cited by EPA Click here to read 

Letter to the President Regarding HR872
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