Mar 28, 2008

SEA 156 - Communicable Disease Rules

Synopsis: Communicable disease rules. Specifies that the state department of health may adopt emergency rules concerning communicable diseases. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the health finance commission.)

Believe this one was born our the Avian Flu threats and allows the State Department of Health to adopt emergency rules consistent with other agencies powers. The legislation if interpreted for its original intent is rather benign. There is room for abuse or overreaction by any of the agencies granted this authority. However, loopholes abound in our system and this action would have been made possible with or without this legislation.

Senate passes 46-0; House pases 86-0.

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