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									                SENATE, No. 2595

STATE OF NEW JERSEY
              214th LEGISLATURE
                    INTRODUCED DECEMBER 30, 2010



Sponsored by:
Senator ROBERT W. SINGER
District 30 (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean)




SYNOPSIS
   Requires persons who transport, store, or sell secondhand mattresses to
encase mattresses with protective materials.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
  As introduced.
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 1   AN ACT concerning secondhand mattresses and supplementing Title
 2     26 of the Revised Statutes.
 3
 4      BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State
 5   of New Jersey:
 6
 7      1. The Legislature finds and declares that:
 8       a. Bed bugs are small insects with flat bodies, antennae and
 9   small eyes; adult bed bugs are oval, wingless and rusty-red in color
10   and are visible to the naked eye, and often hide in cracks and
11   crevices; in homes, bed bugs are commonly found in areas where
12   people sleep, concentrating in mattresses, box springs, and bed
13   frames; bed bugs feed primarily on the blood of humans, usually at
14   night when people are sleeping;
15       b. According to a joint statement issued by the United States
16   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States
17   Environmental Protection Agency, bed bugs have been common
18   throughout United States history; although bed bug populations
19   dropped dramatically during the mid-20th century, the United States
20   is one of many countries now experiencing an alarming resurgence
21   in the population of bed bugs, and public health agencies across the
22   country have been overwhelmed by complaints about bed bugs;
23      c. According to the Department of Health and Senior Services,
24   in most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-
25   infested areas when they cling onto a person’s clothing, or crawl
26   into luggage, furniture, or bedding that is then brought into the
27   home; if a mattress is contaminated with bed bugs, it is easy for bed
28   bugs to spread to non-contaminated items that are within close
29   proximity;
30      d. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, they
31   are considered to be an extreme nuisance to the general public and
32   can cause a variety of negative physical and mental health concerns
33   and economic consequences; and
34      e. To help curtail widespread infestation of bed bugs it is
35   necessary to take measures to prevent cross-contamination of bed
36   bugs from secondhand mattresses to other furniture or bedding.
37
38      2. a. As used in this act, “mattress” means any quilted pad,
39   mattress, mattress pad, bunk quilt, or cushion stuffed or filled with
40   wool, hair or other soft material, except feathers, to be used on a
41   couch or other bed for sleeping or reclining purposes.
42      b. No secondhand mattress shall be transported, stored, or sold
43   in this State unless the secondhand mattress has been encased in
44   plastic, polyethylene film, or similar material designed to prevent
45   the transfer of insects or other contaminants, by the person
46   responsible for transporting the secondhand mattress.
47      c. A person who violates the provisions of this act shall be
48   subject to a fine of not less than $50 or more than $1,000 for each
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 1   violation. A penalty for a violation of this act shall be sued for and
 2   recovered in a summary proceeding before the municipal court that
 3   has jurisdiction, by and in the name of the Department of Health
 4   and Senior Services or by the local health agency for the
 5   municipality in which the violation occurred, pursuant to the
 6   “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10
 7   et seq.).
 8      When the plaintiff is the Department of Health and Senior
 9   Services, the penalty recovered shall be paid by the department to
10   the State Treasurer. When the plaintiff is a local health agency, the
11   penalty recovered shall be paid by the local health agency into the
12   treasury of the municipality in which the violation occurred.
13
14      3. This act shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month
15   following enactment.
16
17
18                              STATEMENT
19
20      This bill requires persons who transport, store, or sell
21   secondhand mattresses to encase those mattresses with protective
22   materials in order to prevent cross-contamination of bed bugs from
23   secondhand mattresses to other furniture or bedding.
24      Bed bugs are commonly found in areas where people sleep,
25   concentrating in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, and feed
26   primarily on the blood of humans, usually at night when people are
27   sleeping. Once virtually eliminated in this country, the United
28   States is now one of many countries experiencing an alarming
29   resurgence in the population of bed bugs.
30      According to the Department of Health and Senior Services, in
31   most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-
32   infested areas when they cling onto a person’s clothing, or crawl
33   into luggage, furniture, or bedding that is then brought into the
34   home; if a mattress is contaminated with bed bugs, it is easy for bed
35   bugs to spread to non-contaminated items that are within close
36   proximity.
37      Under the bill, a person who violates the provisions of this bill
38   shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 or more than $1,000
39   for each violation. A penalty for a violation of this bill shall be
40   sued for and recovered in a summary proceeding by Department of
41   Health and Senior Services or by the local health agency of the
42   municipality in which the violation occurred.

								
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