Rat Lungworm Disease – Funding Article
For the third consecutive year, state legislators have attempted to secure appropriations to address Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawaii.
Sens. Russell Ruderman, Josh Green and the late Gil Kahele introduced a bill in 2015 that was carried over to last year’s session. That bill did not receive a hearing. Ruderman introduced a second bill last year that was heard before committees but did not cross over.
This year’s bills were introduced in the Senate by Kahele’s son, Kai, D-Hilo, who now sits in his father’s Senate District 1 seat, and in the House by freshman Rep. Chris Todd, D-Keaukaha, Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea.
“It’s something the Big Island delegation has been pushing for for a while,” Todd said. Ruderman in particular, who represents Puna, has “really been an advocate for this.”
“It’s something we definitely want to take a look at, and it’s not something that’s really well known here in Honolulu because it’s primarily a rural issue,” Todd said.
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