HB585 (2017) Detail

Abolishing fluoridation in water.


HB 585-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0355

01/04

 

HOUSE BILL 585-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT abolishing fluoridation in water.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Fraser, Belk. 1; Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Marple, Merr. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of the state.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0355

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT abolishing fluoridation in water.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Use of Fluoride.  Amend RSA 485:14 to read as follows:

485:14  Use of Fluoride.  No fluoride, or any chemical containing fluoride, shall be introduced into the public water [supply unless and until the municipality or municipalities using said waters have held a public hearing as to the introduction of fluoride into the public water supply of said municipality or municipalities, and the registered voters of such municipality or municipalities have approved such action pursuant to RSA 44:16, RSA 31:17-a, RSA 52:23, or RSA 485:14-a.  For purposes of this section "municipality'' means a municipality that has 100 or more user connections that are served from the public water] supply.

2  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 31:17-a, relative to referendum on public water supply.

II.  RSA 44:16, relative to public water supplies.

III.  RSA 52:23, relative to public water in village districts.

IV.  RSA 485:14-a, relative to referendum for public water systems serving more than one political subdivision.

V.  RSA 485:14-b, relative to a fluoride statement.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

 

LBAO

17-0355

1/20/17

 

HB 585-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT abolishing fluoridation in water.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

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Indeterminable

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Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

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   Expenditures

Indeterminable Decrease

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill prohibits the use of fluoride or any chemical containing fluoride in public water supplies.  According to the Department of Environmental Services, there are currently 10 municipalities serving 289,300 people that fluoridate their drinking water and there are no counties adding fluoride to public water systems.  The Department estimates the average annual per person cost to fluoridate water is approximately $1.75 based on federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.  Consequently, the Department estimates this bill will result in an approximately $506,275 decrease in local expenditures within the 10 communities currently fluoridating their water ($289,300 * $1.75 = $506,275).  

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill will decrease local expenditures by an indeterminable amount as municipalities will no longer purchase fluoride to add to public water supplies.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services states this bill may increase state expenditures related to the medicaid program.  The Department assumes there are 10 municipalities fluoridating public water supplies and another six communities that purchase fluoridated water from Manchester.  The Department's understanding is that according to current medical and dental practice and recommendation, systemic fluoride is considered best practice for the prevention of tooth decay and infection for children aged 12 and under.  The cost to prescribe fluoride supplements annually to these Medicaid recipients would be approximately $190 annually.  There are 66,193 people in the Medicaid program within the aforementioned communities that would no longer add fluoride to their water supplies under this bill, 33,784 of which are 0-21 years old.  At the time of issuing this fiscal note, data was unavailable to determine;

  • How many individuals were 12 or younger;
  • The percentage of individuals 12 and under currently receiving fluoride supplements living in communities that fluoridate their water; and
  • The percentage of individuals 12 and under currently receiving fluoride supplements living in communities that do not fluoridate their water.

 

However, if 10 percent of the 33,784 medicaid recipients living in areas that currently fluoridate their water were to receive fluoride supplements, then Medicaid costs would increase annual by about $642,000 (33,784 * 10% * $190).  A portion of these Medicaid costs would be paid for by the federal government.  The Department assumes any costs would be incurred in FY 2019.    

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Municipal Association, Department of Health and Human Services, and New Hampshire Association of Counties

 

Links

HB585 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 14, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 14, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB585 Revision: 543 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 3:16 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 3 P. 20
Feb. 14, 2017 Public Hearing: 02/14/2017 10:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 14, 2017 Executive Session: 02/14/2017 10:30 AM LOB 301
March 8, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 19-1; CC)
March 8, 2017 Removed from Consent (Rep. McConnell) 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 7
March 9, 2017 Lay on Table (Rep. J. Belanger): MA VV 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 72
March 23, 2017 Remove from Table (Rep. Fraser): MF DV 78-267 03/23/2017 HJ 11 P. 25
Died on Table