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H. B. No. 129 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|129th General Assembly|
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
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
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
(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.
DOH Department of Health
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.
||Bed Bug Awareness
|TOTAL GRF General Revenue Fund
|TOTAL ALL BUDGET FUND GROUPS
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
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.