130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 129  As Introduced
As Introduced

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
H. B. No. 129

Representative Mallory 

Cosponsors: Representatives Williams, Boyd, Weddington, Patmon, Combs, Mecklenborg, Huffman, Wachtmann, Maag, Derickson, Yuko, Fedor, Foley, Gerberry, Antonio, Letson, Milkovich, Murray, O'Brien, Hagan, Szollosi, Beck 

To enact sections 3701.137 and 3707.012 of the Revised Code to establish the Bed Bug Awareness, Education, and Prevention Program and to require boards of health to adopt vermin control policies under which bedbug infestations are treated in the same manner as other infestations and to make an appropriation.

Section 1. That sections 3701.137 and 3707.012 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3701.137. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Hotel" means every establishment kept, used, maintained, advertised, or held out to the public as a place where sleeping accommodations are offered to guests, in which five or more rooms are used for the accommodation of such guests, whether the rooms are in one or several structures.
(2) "Residential dwelling" means a building used or intended to be used as a personal residence by the owner, part owner, or lessee of the building, or any person authorized by such a person to use the building as a personal residence.
(B) The bed bug awareness, education, and prevention program is hereby established in the department of health. The department shall administer the program with the assistance of and in consultation with the Ohio state university department of entomology and Ohio state university extension.
(C) The department of health shall make available on its web site information on the increasing incidences of bed bug (cimex lectularius) infestation and post notices that bed bugs are a pest of significant public health importance. The director of health shall do all of the following:
(1) Educate hotel owners, residential dwellers, and citizens of this state on the difference between bed bugs and similar types of vermin so they can be easily recognized and treated accordingly;
(2) Encourage hotel owners and residential dwellers to closely monitor floors, carpets, bed linens, and mattresses for signs of infestation to facilitate effective, timely treatment to prevent the spread and incidence of infestation;
(3) Assist in and promote the development of safe and effective treatment methods or options to eradicate bed bug infestation in hotels and residential dwellings.
(D) The department shall make available to the public a toll-free telephone number for any person seeking to report an incidence of bed bug infestation or to request information. The department may make the toll-free number available by maintaining a toll-free telephone line specifically for accepting calls regarding bed bugs or by using a toll-free telephone line that the department maintains for accepting calls regarding other matters.
(E) The department shall adopt rules as necessary to implement this section. The rules shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3707.012. As used in this section, "board of health" means the board of health of a city or general health district or the authority having the duties of a board of health under section 3709.05 of the Revised Code.
Each board of health shall adopt policies for the prevention, detection, and eradication of vermin in public places, including residential facilities other than private dwellings. Under each policy, bedbug infestations shall be treated in the same manner as other vermin infestations.
Section 2. On July 1 of each fiscal year, or as soon as possible thereafter, the Director of Budget and Management shall transfer $167,500 in cash from the Environmental Education Fund (Fund 6A10), used by the Environmental Protection Agency, to the General Revenue Fund.
Section 3. All items in this section are hereby appropriated as designated out of any moneys in the state treasury to the credit of the General Revenue Fund. For all appropriations made in this act, those in the first column are for fiscal year 2012 and those in the second column are for fiscal year 2013. The appropriations made in this act are in addition to any other appropriations made for the FY 2012-FY 2013 biennium.
DOH Department of Health
General Revenue Fund
GRF 440463 Bed Bug Awareness $ 167,500 $ 167,500
TOTAL GRF General Revenue Fund $ 167,500 $ 167,500
TOTAL ALL BUDGET FUND GROUPS $ 167,500 $ 167,500

The foregoing appropriation item 440463, Bed Bug Awareness, shall be used to implement and administer the Bed Bug Awareness, Education, and Prevention Program created in section 3701.137 of the Revised Code.
Within the limits set forth in this act, the Director of Budget and Management shall establish accounts indicating the source and amount of funds for each appropriation made in this act, and shall determine the form and manner in which appropriation accounts shall be maintained. Expenditures from appropriations contained in this act shall be accounted for as though made in the main operating appropriations act of the 129th General Assembly. The appropriations made in this act are subject to all provisions of the main operating appropriations act of the 129th General Assembly that are generally applicable to such appropriations.
Section 4.  The sections of law contained in this act, and the items of which they are composed, are not subject to the referendum. Therefore, under Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 1d and section 1.471 of the Revised Code, the sections of law contained in this act, and the items of which they are composed, go into immediate effect when this act becomes law.
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