After approving an $11.8 billion budget on Monday evening, the Arizona Legislature adjourned for the year early this morning. Unfortunately, the budget was being held hostage for a policy bill, which is unprecedented but proved to be successful.

Among the biggest achievements in the budget was WG's priority bill, the sales tax clarification for fertilizers and pesticides used in commercial ag production. Effective December 1, 2019, these products will be exempt from the states sales tax, saving nearly $15 million annually for farmers.

AnnaMarie Knorr

Join the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) as they host a free webinar overviewing the purpose of a new request for research proposals and the corresponding requirements to answer questions relating to water treatment. Following a pattern of multiple outbreak events, particularly from 2017 to 2018, and the strong association with continuing agricultural water risk concerns, a separate RFP for Ag Water Treatment was approved by the CPS Board of Directors. CPS representatives will provide the RFP background, guidance and proposal requirements.

Hank Giclas

California has had a banner year of rain and snow. Most of the state’s reservoirs are nearing capacity and the hills are still lush with greenery. However, wildfire season is rapidly approaching and these fires have the capacity to generate large amounts of wildfire smoke. Earlier this year, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board requested that Cal/OSHA develop an emergency regulation on adding further protections to workers from wildfire smoke.

Matthew Allen

On May 22, 2019, Colorado Governor Polis signed the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” into law, one of the toughest state pay equity laws in the country.  Under the new law, employers are prohibited from paying an employee of one sex (including gender identity) a wage rate less than the rate paid to an employee of a different sex (or gender identity) for “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility and regardless of job title, except where the employer demonstrates that the wage differential is based on at least one of the following:

Jason Resnick

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