Health Position Statements - 2011 Legislative Program

Alternative On-Site Sewage Systems

Support legislation that would restore local government’s right to regulate the use of alternative onsite sewage systems (AOSS) within the locality, including but not limited to the right to establish minimum setback distances and installation depths, and to prohibit the installation of such systems within or in close proximity to wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. Support legislation that would require sellers of residential property to disclose to prospective purchasers that an AOSS is on the property and that the system will have to be operated and maintained in accordance with applicable standards and requirements. (New position.)


Lyme Disease

Support funding initiatives that will advance research, surveillance, reporting, and diagnostics for Lyme disease.  Cases of Lyme disease have been on the rise in Virginia, with over 800 cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008.  The Secretary of Health and Human Resources has recently convened a Lyme Disease task force to make recommendations to the Governor regarding diagnosis, prevention, public education, medical treatment, and the impact of Lyme disease on children. (Updates and reaffirms previous position.)

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