Sunday, March 27, 2011

Burks Seeking Suggestions On Hypodermic Waste

State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey says that something needs to be done about the environmental impact of used hypodermic needles. Burks is sponsoring a bill this year that would require the state commissioner of health to report on or before January 31, 2012, with legislative recommendations concerning issues involved in the disposing of needles. The report would be put together for legislative committees after the health commissioner consulted with the commissioner of environment and conservation and others. As for the cost, officials say there should not be a significant increase in expenditures for the Department to collect the necessary information, consult with the necessary groups including the Department of Environment and Conservation, and formulate recommendations for the report. A committee vote on the House version of the bill is scheduled for tomorrow. It is still under study in the Senate.