February 23, 2012 11:13 AM |
Connecticut lawmakers are proposing a number of bills aimed at controlling the spread of bed bugs in Connecticut.
According to NBC Connecticut,
Proposed Bill No. 5874; AN
ACT CONCERNING BED BUGS AND RENTAL FURNITURE. To ensure that rental
furniture is inspected for bed bugs and certified as being bed bug free
prior to rental.
- Proposed Bill No. 5858 -
AN ACT CONCERNING BED BUGS AND RE-MANUFACTURED MATTRESSES. To require
individuals who re-manufacture mattresses to provide proof that such
mattress have been inspected to ensure they are bed bug free.
- Proposed Bill No. 540 – AN ACT CONCERNING BED BUGS. To protect the public by developing strategies to combat the spread of bed bugs.
This bill proposes a variety of possible measures including:
(1) Requiring landlords to inform tenants bed bugs have
been present in a rented unit within the last year, (2) requiring
landlords to make reasonable efforts to eliminate bed bugs once the
landlords are aware of their presence, (3) requiring tenants to
cooperate in efforts to eliminate bed bugs, (4) requiring the Department
of Public Health to develop standards for the disposal of mattresses or
furniture exposed to bed bugs, and (5) requiring the Department of
Public Health to develop an educational campaign to inform people of the
steps that can be taken to avoid and remedy bed bug infestations.
The status of proposed bill 540, proposed by Sen. Len Fasano, is that it was referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health on 1/21.
Both of the other bills, proposed by Rep. Andres Ayala (5748 and 5858), were scheduled to be considered in a public hearing today (2/22/2011). You can find out more about the hearing here (scroll down to General Law Committee, Tuesday, February 22, 2011).