FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 http://www.nysenate.gov SENATE APPROVES $1 MILLION INVESTMENT TO COMBAT LYME ACROSS NEW YORK STATE Historic Levels of Funding Build Upon the Senate’s Commitment to Increasing Public Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses. The New York State Senate today approved a resolution to provide a record […]
This section contains information from many different state government activities on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Additionally, in the Lyme Activities by State sub menu, county or local government activities will appear in their own state as well as actions by universities and Lyme organizations. In the State Lyme Bills Table sub menu, you will find a list of legislation by state and by year and information about it.
The Lyme Disease Association Inc (LDA) has been working to trying to stop the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases for three decades. One of the major issues in developing legislation that helps patients is to first be sure that a number of state officials understand the problems associated with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. To that end, the LDA has worked on educating state officials across the country from legislators to governors to health departments. The LDA has also worked with county and local officials who often are looking for ways to control tick-borne diseases in their specific areas which may be more heavily endemic than the state at large.
The LDA and its state partner organizations and other state advocates have worked together to lay the necessary groundwork for good legislation: besides providing officials with education, we develop relationships with officials, educate the public to the need for this legislation, and help to pass and to ensure it is implemented.
In this section, you can view some of these efforts and perhaps find ideas to use in your state.
States and counties throughout the US have proclaimed May Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Many states and counties have taken steps to raise awareness regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Declaring “May Lyme Awareness Month” is one move to help remind people spring is here, ticks are out, prevention & proper education are your best tools to […]
Podium (L-R) Sen. Charles Schumer – NY, Pat Smith, LDA US Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) , Senate Minority Leader, invited LDA President Pat Smith to speak at a press conference he hosted in Woodbury, NY on May 2, 2018. The focus of the conference was to ensure that government monies on Lyme and tick-borne diseases […]
Several Lyme disease advocates in Kansas have been working for several years with Kansas Senator Carolyn McGinn on a draft of a bill to protect doctors who treat Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics. Senator McGinn asked the head of the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare to hold a hearing on Lyme disease, […]
New York State Senator James SewardThe following excerpts are from New York State Senator James Seward’s Press Release: ALBANY, 03/29/18 — State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref-Oneonta) joined this week with his senate colleagues to call on the state to investigate the impact Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) may have on mental health. The […]
The Lyme Disease Association of New Jersey, now LDA, was successful in 1995 in having the following laws adopted in New Jersey, which developed Lyme disease curriculum guidelines for use in NJ schools and require NJ school districts to annually in-service any staff member who has a student with Lyme disease. P.L. 18A 35-5.1-5.3 (1992) […]
This Legislative Joint Resolution joins one the LDA received from NJ Gov. Chris Christie proclaiming May 2017 Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and one passed by the Legislature in 2008 recognizing each May as such. (L to R) Assemblyman Sean Kean, LDA Pres. Pat Smith, Assemblyman Dave RibleWall, NJ—Almost 400,000 cases of Lyme disease occur in […]
See if your state has joined in May Lyme Awareness & Read the state proclamations. States and counties throughout the US have proclaimed May Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Many states and counties have taken steps to raise awareness regarding Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Declaring “May Lyme Awareness Month” is one move to help remind people […]
GEORGIA TICK-BORNE DISEASE SUMMARY In 1989, 719 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the CDC from the state of Georgia. The CDC has determined that for every case of Lyme disease reported approximately ten are missed, bringing the actual number of people infected that year to 7,190 cases. In the 1990’s, the Georgia […]
Monica White, Co-Founder/President of the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association, a Lyme Disease Association Affiliate, has announced that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper granted their request for proclamation: May 2017, Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month in Colorado! “Many of our residents and visitors are at greater risk for exposure to ticks through both work and their […]