HB 611-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 611-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Cushman, Hills. 2; Rep. Abramson, Rock. 37; Rep. Binford, Graf. 15; Rep. Moffett, Merr. 9; Rep. Cambrils, Merr. 9; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf. 19; Rep. Howard, Belk. 8
COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development
This bill prohibits the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of the state.
This bill also prohibits a school district from introducing fluoride into the drinking water of a school.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
485:14 Fluoride Introduction Prohibited. No fluoride, or any chemical containing fluoride, shall be introduced into a public water system.
194:3 Powers of Districts; Prohibition.
I. School districts may raise money, as required by law, or, in addition thereto:
(a) To procure land for lots for schoolhouses and school administrative unit facilities, and for the enlargement of existing lots;
(b) To build, purchase, rent, repair, or remove schoolhouses and outbuildings, buildings to be used for occupancy by teachers in the employ of such school district, and buildings to be used for educational administration including office facilities for school administrative units;
(c) To procure insurance against such risks of loss, cost or damage to itself, its employees or its pupils as its school board may determine;
(d) To provide group plan life, accident, medical, surgical and hospitalization insurance benefits, or any combinations of such benefits, for all regular employees of the district and their dependents, the cost thereof to be borne in whole or in part by the district;
(e) To plant and care for shade and ornamental trees upon schoolhouse lots;
(f) To provide suitable furniture, books, maps, charts, apparatus and conveniences for schools;
(g) To purchase vehicles for the transportation of children;
(h) To provide for health and sanitation;
(i) To provide for adult high school diploma and continuing education programs; and
(j) To pay debts.
II. No school district shall add fluoride to the drinking water of a school.
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.
HB 611-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Various Government Funds
This bill prohibits the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of the state and prohibits a school district from introducing fluoride into the drinking water of a school.
The Department of Environmental Services indicates the state receives monthly reports from the 12 water systems that add fluoride. The reports are reviewed for compliance with the target dose range established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If fluoridation is abolished, it will reduce expenditures of about 12 municipal water systems that currently purchase chemicals to fluoridate by some amount. This amount cannot be determined.
If fluoridation is abolished, it will increase health care services expenditures for state, local and county governments by an indeterminate amount due to increases in tooth decay and other dental health problems. The public health and financial benefits of fluoridating drinking water are documented in numerous documents including materials published by the CDC.
The Department of Health and Human Services administers the federal-state Medicaid program. The Department indicates there are 10 municipalities that currently place fluoride into the public water supply in compliance with state law, and another 7 communities that purchase fluoridated water from Manchester. Under this bill those municipalities and communities would need to stop the practice and the children in those communities would receive prescriptions for fluoride supplements from their medical and/or dental providers because it is considered best practice. The Department states the full fiscal impact is indeterminable based on the limited information available, but provided the following information:
It is assumed that any fiscal impact would occur after July 1, 2021.
Departments of Health and Human Services and Environmental Services
|Jan. 27, 2021||House||Hearing|
Jan. 27, 2021: Public Hearing: 01/27/2021 03:00 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99531020872 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 2 P. 56