Maine's governor will be able to declare a Mosquito State of Emergency if a bill heard Thursday by the Maine legislature's Agriculture Conservation and Forestry committee passes.
Listen to a 23 minute mp3 of the presentation, questions and testimony on LD 292 An Act To Protect the Public Health from Mosquito-borne Diseases.
MOFGA and other healthy Maine ecology interests spoke against the bill.
LD 292 Summary
"This bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct appropriate mosquito-control activities in response to mosquito-borne disease public health threats. In addition, the bill authorizes municipalities to cooperate in controlling mosquitoes through the formation of mosquito-control districts.
It establishes the Maine Mosquito Control Fund to provide funding for mosquito-control activities. Finally, the bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to declare a mosquito-borne disease public health threat"