Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rep. Fincher Supports Rabies Proposal

The budget subcommittee of the state House of Representatives is scheduled to hear a bill today that would add a one-dollar fee to the cost of a rabies vaccination. The state Health Department wants authority to impose the fee in order to avoid cutting 17 to 24 environmentalists whose jobs include inspecting restaurants and investigating possible rabies outbreaks. Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville supports the idea, as does Representative Charles Curtiss of Sparta and Cookeville veterinarian Dr. Steve Copeland, who happened to be in the committee room on another matter when the issue was brought up. The proposal was approved on a party-line vote last week in House Health and Human Services comittee, with all the Republicans voting against it.