SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 88
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED JUNE 10, 2004
Senator LEONARD T. CONNORS, JR.
District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)
Memorializes Congress and President to enact legislation supporting Lyme disease research and education.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A Concurrent Resolution memorializing the Congress and President of the United States to enact legislation supporting Lyme disease research and education.
Whereas, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread by certain arthropods, primarily ticks, and is a significant public health problem in New Jersey; and
Whereas, If untreated, Lyme disease, in its later stages, can result in neurological disorders, including, but not limited to, chronic and severe fatigue, encephalitis, meningitis, memory loss, dementia and seizures, severe arthritis, cardiac dysfunction, vision loss, gastrointestinal disorders, paralysis, stroke and death; and
Whereas, The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that Lyme disease represents the most common tick-borne illness in the nation; and
Whereas, New Jersey has a disproportionately large number of the nation's total of reported Lyme disease patients; according to data compiled by the State Department of Health and Senior Services, 2,459 new cases of Lyme disease were reported in New Jersey in 2000, which represented the third highest incidence rate nationwide after Connecticut and Rhode Island, with the highest rates of infection occurring in the counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren; and
Whereas, The incidence of Lyme disease continues to increase in some endemic areas and has emerged as a significant threat to public health in the northeastern United States, which, along with Wisconsin, accounts for 95% of the nationally reported cases; and
Whereas, Legislation has been introduced in the Congress of the United States in prior years, sponsored by Congressman Christopher Smith of this State, that would call on the Secretary of Health and Human Services, along with other agencies, to develop a five-year action plan to advance the treatment of and cure for Lyme disease, and to assist in establishing a coordinated federal effort in Lyme disease research and education; and
Whereas, It is the obligation of the federal government to mount a full-scale campaign to bring relief to the thousands of individuals who suffer from Lyme disease, many of them children, by enacting legislation that supports a comprehensive research and education effort, fosters inter-agency coordination and creates a framework within which the federal government can further the search for effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Lyme disease; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):
1. The Congress of the United States is respectfully memorialized to pass, and the President to sign into law, legislation that would advance the treatment of, and cure for, Lyme disease by supporting a comprehensive and coordinated effort in Lyme disease research and education.
2. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and the President of the Senate and attested by the Clerk of the General Assembly and the Secretary of the Senate, shall be transmitted to the presiding officers of the Congress of the United States and each of the members of the United States Congress elected from the State of New Jersey.
This concurrent resolution memorializes the Congress of the United States to pass, and the President to sign into law, legislation that would advance the treatment of, and cure for, Lyme disease by supporting a comprehensive and coordinated effort in Lyme disease
research and education.