SENATE DEMOCRATS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF IMPORTANT EEE LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release

Contact: SenatorMaggie Hassan

Phone: 603 271-2118

Fax: 603 271-3027

Email: maggie.hassan@leg.state.nh.us

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

CONCORD , NH – The New Hampshire State Senatetoday passed HB 1464, legislation that will streamline the State’sprocess for providing spraying permits to towns and cities to guard against EEEand other arboviruses. As amended, the bill combines elements of the senate andhouse bills that were introduced to address EEE.

This issue was identified as particularlyimportant by the Senate Democrats in September, 2005, after a large number ofEEE cases occurred in New Hampshireduring the spring and summer.

“The legislation provides for the coordination of local mosquito control efforts, and will provide matching funds from the state for municipalities who engage in mosquito control and abatement,” commented Senator Maggie Hassan, D-District 23, and co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Resources to continue to engage in public outreach and education regarding mosquito born illnesses.

“I sponsored this legislation to help small towns like Newton, who last year lost a young woman to EEE, help with funding for effective preventative measures against EEE, and other arbovirus threats. This measure is an important protective measure, and I thank the Senate for supporting it today,” concluded Senator Hassan.

HB 1464 was sponsored by Rep. MacKay, Rep. Gorman, Rep. Pilliod, Rep. Batula, Sen. Morse, Sen.Martel, and Sen. Hassan