The New Jersey Assembly considered the “bed bug bill” A-3203 on Thursday, and it passed 74-3!
You can read more about it in the Press of Atlantic City, which writes,
Under the bill approved by a 74-3 vote in the Assembly, landlords of multiple-dwelling units must have bed-bug infestations removed as soon as they learn about them. Landlords must also give tenants pamphlets, which will be developed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services, warning them about bed bugs. It also establishes deadlines by which landlords must deal with bed bug infestations.
Landlords who don’t take appropriate actions face fines of $300 for each infested bedroom and $1,000 for each infested common area.
“Renters should not have to live silently with bedbug infestations,” said Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Hudson, a bill sponsor. “Tenants who want to live in a clean and safe environment need the piece of mind that their landlord will work with them to ensure the sanctity of their home.”
Note (5/2010): A3203 was reintroduced as A2072.