The following Wisconsin Assembly Bills passed the Senate and Committees in the Assembly:
AB 315, previously LRBs 1758 and 3360 – Requires the DNR to post signs to raise awareness of Lyme Disease, inform on how to prevent tick bites, and encourage visitors to check for ticks after visits to be posted in a common area, such as the park entrance, a trailhead or in a campground, in all State Parks, Forests, Recreational Areas, and Trails
AB 316, previously LRBs 1759 and 3359 – Requires the DNR to sell bug spray with DEET, which can help to repeal ticks, in all State Parks and Forests when their Park or Forest Office or other location in the Park or Forest, such as a concession stand, is open
AB 317, previously LRBs 2738 and 3358 – Requires the DNR to post information in certain Parks brochures to raise awareness of Lyme Disease, inform on how to prevent tick bites, and encourage visitors to check for ticks after visiting a State Park, and requires the DNR to complete an annual awareness campaign in May of each year, which is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, on digital and print platforms to raise awareness of Lyme Disease, inform on how to prevent tick bites, and encourage visitors to check for ticks after spending time outdoors
AB 313, previously LRBs 1652 and 3362 – Establishes a sixteen-member Tick-Borne Disease Study Committee to create a report for the legislature on consensus-based recommendations for policy changes on awareness, prevention, surveillance, diagnosis, reporting, and treatment of Lyme Disease
This last bill would allow Governor Evers to appoint a 16 member advisory panel to offer recommendations on how doctors treat Lyme disease.
Many of us have explained to our representatives about the potential for that bill to go side-ways since nothing about Lyme/MSIDS is agreed upon.
There is still polarity in mainstream medicine on how to diagnose and treat this with many doctors completely ignorant. They continue to tell patients it’s all in their head.
It is also serious government over reach – telling doctors how to treat patients. Imagine for a moment telling doctors how to treat diabetes, cancer, or a broken bone. It just isn’t done.
Please continue to let your representative know we are NOT in favor of such a bill.
Right now the state of Wisconsin has a good handful of doctors treating this appropriately.
We do not want to make things worse for them with a bill that could literally mandate how they treat patients.