Counties Seek Representation on Council for Health in All Policies

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu testified on March 11, 2020 to support with amendments HB 1528 (CF SB 716) – 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.

To ensure local perspectives and expertise are appropriately accounted for and provided, MACo proposed an amendment that would add four MACo members to the Council.

From the 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 HB 1528.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.