Oregon Lawmakers Concerned About Bed Bug Victim Privacy

From coast to coast, incidents of bed bug infestations continue to be on the rise report Manhattan pest control professionals.  Some cities and states have created bed bug regulations and educational campaigns that have helped to bring their bed bug populations down.  Many states do not require pest control professionals, property owners, or businesses, to report bed bug infestations, so it is difficult for the state to ascertain just how bad the bed bug infestation rates are within the state.

According to reports by OPB on January 29, 2013, in the state of Oregon, lawmakers are looking at new legislation that will protect the anonymity of anyone that is suffering through a bed bug infestation.

House Bill 2131 would require that personal information that would be required to be provided by pest control companies performing bed bug eradication be held confidential, and not subject to disclosure under public records law.  The information that is collected however can be shared between local health authorities, health district, and the Oregon Health Authority.

At the passing of the Law, pest control professionals would be required to immediately provide:

• Information about the location of where the bed bug eradication procedures were performed.

• The identity of the owner, renter, or person/company leasing the property where bed bugs were found or suspected.

• Information describing the infestation or suspected infestation.

The hopes are that by creating the new legislation, the stigma of having bed bugs would be erased for all levels of society.  In addition, public officials are hoping that the information that is collected will give them a better understanding of their current bed bug infestation rates and enable them to develop programs to help the community if necessary.

If the legislation passes the Oregon legislature this week, it will take effect immediately for the “preservation of the public, peace, health, and safety, an emergency is declared to exist.”  This legislation is quite different than those that have popped up in other parts of the United States.