Public Health Issues

Issue Summaries for the 113th Congress

 
H.R. 610, Lyme Advisory Committee
This bill provides for the establishment of the Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. The committee would  advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health regarding the manner in which they can: (1) ensure interagency coordination and communication and minimize overlap regarding efforts to address tick-borne diseases; (2) identify opportunities to coordinate efforts with other federal agencies and private organizations addressing such diseases; (3) ensure interagency coordination and communication with constituency groups; (4) ensure that a broad spectrum of scientific viewpoints is represented in public health policy decisions and that information disseminated to the public and physicians is balanced; and (5) advise relevant federal agencies on priorities related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.-4) introduced H.R. 610 on Feb. 12, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.
 
AVMA Position: No Action
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan


 
H.R. 611/S. 719, Lyme Disease Prevention, Education & Research
This legislation provides for the expansion of federal efforts concerning the prevention, education, treatment, and research activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including the establishment of a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee.
 
Status: U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.-4) introduced H.R. 1611 on Feb. 12, 2013, and it was referred to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S. 719 on April 11, 2013, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
 
AVMA Position: No Action
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley Morgan