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States and Local Governments Debate Community Water Fluoridation

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GirlWaterDespite the fact that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and that community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical and dental organizations, many state and local governments are still debating the need for community water fluoridation. 

The chart below summarizes community water fluoridation measures that state legislatures are currently considering:

State Bill
Summary Bill
Arkansas SB 299 Allows customers of a public water system to hold an election to determine if the public water system shall fluoridate the water. Referred to committee
Hawaii HB 577 Proposes a nonbinding, statewide referendum on whether the State should pursue policies and programs for community water fluoridation in order to improve the overall dental health of Hawaii’s children and adults. Referred to committee
Nevada AB 193 Requires the State Board of Health to adopt regulations requiring fluoridation of all water delivered for human consumptions in a county with a population of 100,000 or more (currently Clark and Washoe Counties). Current state law requires this for populations of
700,000 or more.
Heard in committee
New Hampshire HB 585 Prohibits the use of fluoride or any chemical containing fluoride in public water supplies. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), there are currently 10 municipalities serving a total of 289,300 people that fluoridate their drinking water. Consequently, the DES estimates this bill will result in an approximate $506,275 decrease in local expenditures within the 10 communities currently fluoridating their water; however, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) states this bill may increase state expenditures related to the Medicaid program. According to DHHS, 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 annually by about $642,000. Heard in Committee, laid on the table
New Jersey S 1250 Requires the fluoridation of all public community water systems in New Jersey. Referred to committee
Texas HB 3153 Provides that an owner, agent, manager, operator or other person in charge of a public water supply system that furnishes for public or private use drinking water containing added fluoride may not reduce the amount of fluoride in the water or terminate the fluoridation of the water without providing written notice to the customers of the system the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of State Health Services of the reduction or termination at least 60 days before the reduction or termination. Referred to committee
Vermont JRS 26 Joint resolution requesting that the state of Vermont refrain temporarily from supporting or opposing the fluoridation of drinking water and that the Departments of Health and of Environmental Conservation conduct a joint study on the human health and water quality impacts of fluoridated water. Referred to committee

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