OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5852

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTROL OF LYME DISEASE.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

Legislative History

The House referred the bill (File 332) to the Appropriations Committee, which reported a substitute bill, eliminating requirements that the program recommend measures designed to (1) achieve and maintain state deer populations at a level that significantly reduces the incidence of the disease and restores forest health and (2) increase public awareness of the critical role deer play in perpetuating the disease. The committee also eliminated a requirement that the program help municipalities achieve and maintain these goals.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

1

(03/12/2008)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

49

Nay

0

(04/15/2008)