HB 485 Passes

State Rep. Mindi Messmer's bill calling for the establishment of a commission to study the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster won unanimous support from the New Hampshire House's Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee February 28.

I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill along with many other state representatives and state senators. This issue has garnered strong bi-partisan support.

"This shows how really important the issue is and how this commission will let us address it in an expedient manner," according to Messmer, D-Rye.

If the bill is ultimately passed by the entire House and Senate and signed into law the commission will replace a task force U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan formed in 2016 when she was governor.

Hassan formed the task force after state officials determined there was a small cancer cluster of rhabdomyosarcoma or RMS, which has caused the death of several area children.

While looking at the RMS cases, the state also identified "a small excess of pediatric lung cancer cases," all of which "were of a single rare type called pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB)."

Messmer pointed out that the commission will have both "an established end point and specified reporting" deadlines.A bill that establishes a permanent commission to study and deal with water quality