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LAW OF WISCONSIN

ESTABLISHING A

STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.

CHAPTER 366.

[Published March 31, 1876.]

AN ACT to establish a State Board of Health, to provide for the ap

pointment of a Superintendent of Vital Statistics, and assign certain duties to local boards of health.

of state board of health,

The people of the State of Wisconsin, represented in

senate and assembly, do enact as follows: Appointment SECTION 1. The Governor, with the advice and con

sent of the senate, shall appoint seven persons, who shall constitute the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics. The persons so appointed shall hold their offices for seven years; provided, that the ternis of office of the seven first appointed shall be so arranged that the term of one shall expire on the thirty-first day of January of each year, and the vacancies so created, as well as all vacancies occurring otherwise, shall be filled by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the

senate; but any one may be re-appointed. Duties of board SECTION 2. Ïhe State Board of Health shall have the

general supervision of the interests of the health and life of the citizens of the state. They shall especially study the vital statistics of this state, and endeavor to make intelligent and profitable use of the collected records of death and sickness among the people. They shall make sanitary investigations and inquiries respecting the causes of disease, and especially of epidemics; the causes of mortality, and the effects of localities, employments, conditions, ingesta, habits and circumstances on the health of the people, and they shall gather such information in respect to those matters as they

of health.

may deem proper, for diffusion among the people. They shall, when required, or when they shall deem it best, advise officers of the government, or other boards within the state, in regard to the location, drainage, watersupply, disposal of excreta, heating and ventilation of any public institution or building. They shall from time to time recommend standard works on the subject of hygiene for the use of the schools of the state. They shall, in the month of January, make report to the legislature of their doings, investigations and discoveries during the year ending December thirty-first, with such suggestions as to legislative action as they may deem necessary. SECTION 3. The first meeting of the board shall be Meetings of

board and powwithin ten days after its appointment, and thereafter in ers of same. June and January in each year, and at such other times as the board or president of the board shall deem expedient. The meeting in January of each year shali be in Madison. A majority shall be a quorum. They shall choose one of their number to be president, and may adopt rules and by-laws subject to the provisions of this act. They shall have authority to send their secretary or a committee of the board to any part of the State when deemed necessary to investigate the cause of a special or unusual disease or mortality, or to inspect any public building.

SECTION 4. The board shall elect a secretary, either Secretary of from their own number or otherwise, hut when elected ties of same. he shall be a member of the board and its executive officer. He shall hold his office so long as he shall faithfully discharge the duties thereof, but may be removed for a just cause, at a regular meeting of the board, twothirds of the members voting therefor. He shall perform the duties prescribed by this act, and such others as the board may require. He shall keep a record of the transactions of the board, shall have the custody of all books, papers, documents, and other property belonging to the board: he shall, so far as practicable, communicate with other state boards of health and with the local boards of health within this State; shall keep and file all reports received from such boards, and all correspondence appertaining to the business of this board. He shall aid, so far as possible, in obtaining contributions to the library and museum of the board. He shall prepare blank forms of returns, and such instructions as may be necessary and forward them to clerks of the several boards of health throughout the state. He shall collect information concerning vital statistics, kuowledge respecting diseases, and all useful information on the subject of hygiene, and through an anuual report, and otherwise, as the board may direct, shall disseminate such information among the people.

board and du

for expenses of board.

to.report to state board.

Salary and SECTION 5. The secretary shall receive an annual salallowance of

ary, which shall be fixed by the State Board of Health; secretary.

he shall also receive his necessary traveling expenses incurred in the performance of his official duties. The president of the board shall quarterly certify the amount due him, and on presentation of said certiticate the secretary of state shall draw his warrant on the state treasurer for thc amount. The other members of the board shall receive no compensation for their services, but their traveling and other necessary expenses while em

ployed on the business of the board shall be paid. Appropriation SECTION 6. The sum of three thousand dollars per

annum, or so much thereof as may be deemed necessary by the State Board of Health, is hereby appropriated to pay the salary of the secretary, meet the contingentexpenses of the office of the secretary, and the expenses of the board, and all costs for printing, which shall not exceed the sum hereby appropriated. Said expenses shall be certified and paid in the same manner as the

salary of the secretary. Health physi- SECTION 7. It shall be the duty of the health physician and clerks of local boards cian, and also of the clerk of the local board of health

in each township, city and village in this State, at least once in a year, to report to the State Board of Health their proceedings, and such other facts required, on blanks, and in accordance with instructions received from the State Board. They shall also make especial reports whenever required to do so by the State Board of

Health. Duty of officers SECTION 8. In order to afford this board better advanof state, physicians and oth- tages for obtaining knowledge important to be incorpo

rated with that collected through special investigations, and other sources, it shall be the duty of all officers of the state, the physicians of all mining and incorporated companies, and the president or any agent of any company chartered, organized or transacting business under the laws of this state, so far as practicable to furnish the State Board of Health any information bearing upon public health, which may be requested by said board, for the purpose of enabling it better to perform its duties of collecting and distributing useful knowledge on

this subject. Secretary to be SECTION 9. The Secretary of the State Board of superintendent

tatish Health shall be the superintendent of yital statistics. ics.

Under the general direction of the Secretary of State, he shall collect these statistics, and prepare and publish the report required by law relating to births, marriages,

and deaths. Board to have

SECTION 10. The board shall have charge of all matcharge of quarantine inatters ters pertaining to quarantine, and shall have authority public health. to make such rules and regulations as they may from

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