SALEM -- Oregon may soon have a new Integrated Pest Management coordinating committee to guide how state agencies and universities manage pests.
House Bill 3364 creates the committee and stipulates that state agencies will adopt "state-of-the-art science approaches" to manage pests.
The bill stipulates that Paul Jepson, Oregon's IPM coordinator, will lead the effort. Jepson is an Oregon State University professor and director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Integrated Plant Protection Center.
HB3364, which passed the House by a vote of 51-9 in April, was before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee in a hearing May 13.
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, told committee members that she brought forward the bill after learning from a 2010 survey that agencies had fallen behind in several pest-control functions, including training pesticide applicators, coordinating pest-control efforts and adopting the latest pest-control technologies.
The bill applies only to state agencies, universities and their pest-control programs. It does not apply to private or commercial pest-control activities, according to Keny-Guyer.
Keny-Guyer said OSU's agricultural college has pledged $25,000 to help implement the new IPM effort.
The committee took no action on the bill.
An emergency clause in the bill will make it effective immediately upon passage.