2012 Legislative Priorities
Our Mission: Healthy people in healthy communities
NYSPHA works to improve community health through education, prevention and advocacy. We advance "best" practices in public health, and assist our members in promoting and protecting environmental and community health. Through our six regional affiliates, we strive to prevent disease, injury and disability at the community level.
NYSPHA’s legislative agenda is informed by member input, the degree to which the Association can achieve the greatest public health impact in New York State, and the feasibility of a bill’s passage.
The following legislation or potential legislation will be the primary focus of the Association this legislative session:
• Maintain funding for chronic disease programs, especially the State’s tobacco control and obesity prevention programs.
• Prohibit minors from using tanning salons – S2917/A1074
• Ban on the sale of most flavored tobacco products – S5008/A288a
• Ban on smoking in cars with children up to age 14 – S3082/A7285b
• Nutrition standards for children’s meals sold with toys - S6386/A7662a
• Increase taxes on alcohol by a dime per drink to reduce alcohol related mortality and morbidity with funding dedicated to maintaining critical public health infrastructure and programs
• Sugar sweetened beverage tax to reduce overweight and obesity. One cent per ounce sugar sweetened beverage excise tax with dedicated funding to public health
Local (city ordinance or county law)
These local priorities simply mean that if there are pending bills at the local level that fall under the following three goal areas, NYSPHA members may choose to get involved to support them using the NYSPHA name. Please let the NYSPHA Policy and Advocacy Committee know about local actions so we can keep track and acknowledge the work.
• Reduce the number of tobacco, alcohol and junk food retailers (fast food and convenience stores), especially near schools
• Reduce tobacco, alcohol and junk food marketing, especially near schools
• Reduce exposure to second and third hand smoke through local smokefree ordinances