MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu submitted testimony February 18, 2020 to support with amendments SB 716 (CF HB 1528) – Maryland Council on Health in All Policies – Establishment. This bill would establish a Maryland Council on Health in All Policies that is charged with employing a health in all policies framework to examine the health of the residents of the state, ways state and local governments could collaborate to implement policies to improve the health of the state, and a number of additional factors that impact the health of the state.
However, the bill fails to incorporate any local perspectives. MACo proposed an amendment that would add four MACo members to the Council.
From MACo Testimony:
Counties are willing to partner in bringing forward a health in all policies framework to advance public laws and policies but believe that can only successfully be achieved if counties are also represented on the council to share local perspective and expertise. For these reasons, MACo urges a FAVORABLE WITH AMENDMENTS report on SB 716.
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