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3/14/2022 Media Advisory: Committee vote scheduled on bill to control bird flu
STATE HOUSE – The House Environment and Agriculture Committee has scheduled a vote tomorrow on legislation requested by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to control potential outbreaks of bird flu or other animal disease.

The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the House lounge on the second floor of the State House. The agenda includes a vote on 2022-H 7785, sponsored by Rep. Brandon C. Potter (D-Dist. 16, Cranston).

The legislation would expand the DEM’s authority, allowing its director to set up a quarantine area consistent with state and United States Department of Agriculture emergency plans to prevent the movement of domestic animals or products when there is a suspected case of contagious animal disease. The change has been requested by the DEM to help the state respond to a current outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza, which has been spreading across the nation and has been identified in neighboring states.

The meeting will be live streamed at and televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466