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  • NJ A4024
  • Appropriates $1 million to DEP for grants to county mosquito control agencies.
Introduced
(6/30/2016)
In Committee
(6/30/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would appropriate $1 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide grants to county mosquito control agencies for mosquito control programs. Funds would be dispersed at the discretion and prioritization of the DEP, in consultation with the Department of Health and the State Mosquito Control Commission, to control mosquito populations that may pose a threat to human health. The DEP would be required to notify each county mosquito control agency of the availability of, and the criteria for, grants made available pursuant to the bill. The DEP works with mosquito control agencies in all 21 counties to monitor and control mosquito populations. Mosquitos can cause tremendous impacts on human health, as well as the health of dogs, horses, and other animals. Mosquitos and mosquito-borne diseases have been in the news frequently recently, especially due to health concerns related to the Zika virus. "Zika" is a virus that is easily and most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquito bite. The rate of Zika infection has been increasing worldwide, and although the symptoms of Zika infection are usually mild and often go unnoticed, health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have found that certain congenital malformations and neurological complications may occur in infants born to women infected by the Zika virus while pregnant. The funding provided in this bill will enhance mosquito control efforts at the county level to help prevent this potential threat to public health.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 6/30/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/30/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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