Lyme disease; signage in state parks, instructional resources and materials, report. (HB850)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Irene Shin (D-Herndon), and Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Lyme disease; signage; instructional resources and materials. Requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop and post in each state park and interstate park signage addressing the appropriate steps a visitor can take to prevent tick bites, how to identify Lyme disease, and where to seek treatment. The bill requires the Department to install such signage first in those areas in the Commonwealth that have been identified as most susceptible to Lyme disease and to complete the installation of such signage in all state parks and interstate parks by January 1, 2028. The bill also requires the Secretary of Education, in collaboration with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Natural Resources, to develop instructional resources and materials to assist school boards and local and regional public libraries in establishing an education and awareness program to protect children from Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. The bill provides that such instructional resources and materials (i) shall be appropriate for individuals of school age; (ii) shall provide information on the identification of ticks, recommended procedures for safe tick removal, and best practices to provide protection from ticks; (iii) may include video productions, pamphlets, and demonstration programs to illustrate the sizes of various ticks, including sizes before and after each variety has become engorged, to assist with the identification of a tick and the reaction on the skin that may result from a tick bite; and (iv) shall be made available to school boards and local and regional public libraries upon request at no charge. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100253D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/24/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB850)
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/22/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB850ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB850ER)
03/02/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 303 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0303)