The Legislature finds that phenylketonuria, galactosemia,
hypothyroidism, and certain other diseases are usually associated
with intellectual disability or other severe health hazards.
Laboratory tests are readily available to aid in the detection of
these diseases and hazards to the health of those suffering from
these diseases may be lessened or prevented by early detection and
treatment. Damage from these diseases, if untreated in the early
months of life, is usually rapid and not appreciably affected by