(SB 32)

Mosquito control grant program.

         ENTITLED, An Act to  reauthorize a grant program within the Department of Health for the purchase of equipment and materials for mosquito prevention and control efforts at the local level and to declare an emergency.


     Section  1.  A mosquito prevention and control grant program is established in the Department of Health. The purpose of the grant program is to support integrated mosquito controls at the local level to prevent the spread of diseases to humans.

     Section  2.  The Department of Health may award grants to municipalities or counties to purchase equipment and materials necessary for mosquito prevention and control efforts. Existing mosquito control programs who received funding from the 2004 and 2005 mosquito prevention and control grant programs are eligible only for chemical grants.

     Section  3.  A municipality or county shall have a written mosquito control plan by April 30, 2006, in order to be eligible to be awarded a grant.

     Section  4.  No grant may exceed one-half the cost to the municipality or county to purchase approved mosquito prevention and control equipment and materials.

     Section  5.  Any municipality or county may apply for a grant to support mosquito prevention and control activities in accordance with procedures and on forms prescribed by the Department of Health.

     Section  6.  Grants shall be made based on the availability of funding.

     Section  7.  The Department of Health may accept and expend for the purpose of making grants to support mosquito prevention and control efforts any funds obtained from federal sources, gifts, contributions, or any other source if such acceptance and expenditures is approved in accordance with §  4-8B-10.

     Section  8.  The secretary of the Department of Health shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.

     Section  9.  The provisions of this Act are repealed on December 31, 2006.

     Section  10.  Whereas, this Act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

     Signed February 15, 2006