NALP Advocates

U.S. House of Representatives Adjourns for August Recess; Meet with your legislators in your district!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for their annual August recess.  The August recess is a critical in-district work period, especially in an election year.  The Senate will have an abbreviated August recess, currently scheduled for the first full week of August before returning to D.C. to handle confirmation hearings.  This is an […]

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EPA Publishes Risk Assessments for Altrazine, Propazine and Simazine

On Thursday July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published Registration Review; Draft Human Health Risk Assessments for Atrazine, Propazine, and Simazine and Draft Cumulative Human Health Risk Assessment for the Triazines (Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine); Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.  The publication serves as the draft human health risk assessment (DRA) to support the Registration […]

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H-2B Returning Worker Exemption Provision Included in House DHS Appropriations Bill

On Wednesday July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill along party lines (29-22), the bill included an amendment that would exempt returning workers from the H-2B statutorily mandated cap.  The amendment was strongly endorsed by NALP and the H-2B Coalition as a legitimate […]

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NALP Names New VP of Government Relations

NALP has hired Andrew Bray to serve as the association’s new Vice President of Government Relations, effective July 9th. Andrew is a driven professional and a tireless policy advocate with over 15 years of legislative, regulatory, campaign and legal experience.  Most recently Andrew has served as the Vice President of Public Policy at the National […]

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President Signs Omnibus Bill that Includes H-2B Cap-Relief Language

Last week, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Omnibus budget bill. Included in that measure was language that COULD provide substantive cap-relief for this year. We say could because the language agreed to by Congress is the same language that they settled upon last year; the cap-relief language grants discretion to the Secretary of […]

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The Label Is Always the Law

The continued legalization of cannabis and hemp in many states is proving to be a conundrum to regulatory agencies nationwide.  Since both plants are listed by the federal government as Schedule 1 narcotics, there are no federally registered pesticides that are labeled for use by growers in states where cannabis is legal. That said, any […]

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California Judge Bans Commonly Used Pesticides

Last week’s Advocate noted the injunction issued by a federal judge in California that temporarily halted the state from designating the popular herbicide glyphosate as cancer-causing.  This week, a state judge issued a ruling saying the state must stop using a wide variety of pesticides:

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Fireworks at Massachusetts Public Hearing

Last Thursday, NALP was present at a public hearing held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources as the agency began the process of renewing local electric utility Eversource’s five-year Vegetative Management Plan for rights-of-way maintenance.  [from here link to blog post with the following text:] Under Massachusetts regulations, the public is invited to submit […]

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NALP Leaders Meet with DHS

Last week, a group of NALP leaders and other stakeholders met with senior staff at DHS to stress the critical need for H-2B cap relief. The meeting was the latest step in a continuing dialogue that NALP has established with key administrative personnel to call for short term cap relief as well as a permanent […]

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Supreme Court Vacates WOTUS Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly struck down the Sixth Circuit Court’s stay on the Obama WOTUS rule. The Court unanimous ruled that challenges to WOTUS must be filed in federal district courts, as opposed to the federal appeals courts. The ruling marked the first opinion of the month. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the opinion.

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