Paul R Doyle

Malloy Signs Hoarding Task Force Bill

Efforts to establish a task force on hoarding fell short last year but will finally get off the ground in 2016.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday signed legislation setting up a 23-member panel to look at the issue, which is increasingly viewed as a serious public health and safety hazard.

Hoarding, the excessive and haphazard collection of possessions — anything from newspapers to clothing to pets — can create dangers for the afflicted individual, family members and the community at large.

State Sen. Paul Doyle, a Democrat from Wethersfield and one of the bill's main champions, said he has come across countless cases of hoarding in his more than 25 years...