OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5852

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTROL OF LYME DISEASE.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner, after consulting with the public health commissioner and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station director, to develop a comprehensive program to reduce the occurrence of Lyme disease.

The program must recommend measures designed to (1) achieve and maintain state deer populations at a level that significantly reduces the incidence of Lyme disease and restores forest health and (2) increase public awareness of the critical role deer play in perpetuating Lyme disease. The program must help municipalities achieve and maintain these goals.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

1

(03/12/2008)