HB 1422 – FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 1422
This bill establishes a commission on the prevention of childhood obesity.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eight
AN ACT establishing a commission on the prevention of childhood obesity.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
219:1 Commission Established. There is established a commission to study the prevention of childhood obesity.
219:2 Membership and Compensation.
I. The members of the commission shall be as follows:
(a) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(c) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(d) The commissioner of the department of education, or designee.
(e) A representative from the Citizen’s Health Initiative, appointed by the board of such organization.
(f) A representative from the New Hampshire Pediatric Society, appointed by such organization.
(g) One representative from the New Hampshire Childhood Obesity Expert Panel, appointed by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.
(h) A representative from the New Hampshire chapter of the American Heart Association, appointed by such organization.
(i) A school board member, appointed by the governor.
(j) A teacher, appointed by New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
(k) A representative from the New Hampshire Recreation and Park Association, appointed by such association.
(l) A representative from the New Hampshire Public Health Association, appointed by such association.
(m) A nutritionist, appointed by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.
II. Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.
219:3 Duties. The commission shall identify and consider legislative and policy strategies that may be effective in the prevention of childhood obesity in New Hampshire. The commission shall seek input from individuals or entities that the commission deems relevant to its study. The commission’s study shall include but not be limited to:
(a) The efficacy of current laws, regulations, education and certification standards, and clinical protocols in promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
(b) An examination of evidenced-based or promising practices from other states and jurisdictions relative to statewide policy, local ordinance, and educational programming strategies.
(c) The health consequences and economic impact of childhood obesity in the state and the economic impact of any prevention policies or strategies.
(d) Strategies to address the needs of particular regions of the state or certain populations within the state most impacted by childhood obesity.
(e) Developing recommendations to assist schools in adopting and implementing school nutrition standards.
219:4 Chairperson; Quorum. The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member. The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
219:5 Report. The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 15, 2009.
219:6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved: June 16, 2008
Effective Date: June 16, 2008