Monday, September 25, 2006

Bed Bug Hearing

First off, let me apologize for not keeping you up to date on the September 18 City Council bed bug hearing. I know it was more than a week ago, but work, school and my home life have me swamped and I promise I will get more information on what went on this week. If anyone attended that hearing and would like to give a report or commentary on hwo the hearing went, please leave a comment.

Though I haven't been able to thoroughly find out what took place at the hearing, I did visit the New York City Council web site and find out more about this bill. And yes, it is a bill, not a toothless resolution. As I explained before, a bill is a piece of legislation that if approved, becomes a law whereas a resolution, if approved is simply an official declaration (like declaring Black History Month or Breast Cancer Awareness Day or demanding George W. Bush withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq) which has no actual power behind it.

I'm in a bit of a rush right now, so I don't have time to break down everything I've seen on the Council web site about this bill, but I will be happy to provide the site's many links to this legislation. Let me know if any of these links are faulty.

The Official Terms of the Bill Known as Intro. 57-2006

The History of Intro. 57-2006

Report on Intro. 57-2006 from the Council Committee on Consumer Affairs

For those unfamiliar with government jargon and legalese, I promise to provide an adequate translation in my next post.

1 comment:

the Caitlinator said...

I went to the hearing. There were a lot of experts talking about bedbugs, but probably the height of the debate centered around whether or not bedbugs pose a health concern. The Department of Health wants to pass the buck to Housing, claiming that bedbugs pose no health threats. Of course, anyone who has had bedbugs would disagree, since mental health is certainly health, and it causes severe mental distress to discover and then live with bedbugs over any period of time.

Many experts spoke, an entomologist from the Museum of Natural History as well as another from Harvard University, a representative from some council on mattress sellers, lawyers and representatives from the Housing Department, exterminators, the Department of Health, and members of the public who are dealing with bedbugs. All in all, there was a lot of repetitive information and the bill itself wasn't discussed in much detail. What was clear is that bedbugs are a problem that the city has to address in some way or another, either through education or licensing exterminators for bedbugs, or legal means to protect both homeowners and tenants.

Hope this helps.