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Bill introduced to fund tick research at University of Maine

March 19, 2019

AUGUSTA - Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, introduced a bill on Monday to fund the operations of studying ticks and tick-borne diseases at the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory.

The bill, LD 631, An Act To Fund the Operations of the Tick Identification Laboratory in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, directs the State Liquor and Lottery Commission to develop and initiate a two-dollar instant lottery game in order to raise these funds.

"With the rise of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in our state, it is a wise choice to tackle this problem aggressively and to provide support for the Diagnostic and Research Laboratory," said Rep. Dunphy in testimony before the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. "The intent of this legislation is to create a dedicated state funding source through a scratch-off lottery ticket with proceeds benefiting the lab. The revenue would support the tick lab exclusively.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine has high rates of tick-borne diseases across the state, with the most reported being Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. The proceeds from the scratch-off lottery ticket would support University of Maine's research.

Rep. Dunphy is serving in her third term in the Maine House of Representatives, representing Old Town and the Penobscot Indian Voting District. She is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs.


Katie Walsh [Dunphy], 287-1436, c .776-2122