Help Us Recruit Legislators to Co-Sponsor Priority Public Health Legislation – Deadline is This Friday!

Please contact your Representative and Senator today and ask them to co-sponsor priority public health legislation to promote healthier communities for all.

See complete descriptions of MPHA’s Priority Legislation.

To find your legislators’ names and contact information, click here.  Contact Maddie Ribble at to let us know if you were successful!

MPHA Priority Legislation, 2013-2014

Top Priorities

  1. An Act Relative to Active Streets and Healthy Communities (SD676/HD1917).  Lead sponsors: Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Jason Lewis. Creating an Active Streets Certification Program to encourage cities and towns across Massachusetts to invest in “complete streets” that accommodate all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit. 
  2. Transportation Investment Act (SD1670/HD3119). Lead sponsors: Sen. Katherine Clark and Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Carl Sciortino. Guiding transportation investments to include a focus on active transit and health equity. 
  3. An Act to Support the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities (SD/HD3216). Lead sponsors: Sen. Daniel Wolf and Rep. Steven Kulik. Helping cities and towns improve how they design and build neighborhoods to promote long term health benefits. 
  4. Closing “Other Tobacco Products” Tax Loophole to Invest in the Prevention and Wellness Trust (SD764/HD2701). Lead sponsors: Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Jonathan Hecht. Closing the tax loophole on smokeless tobacco and small cigars to reduce youth tobacco use and invest in the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.

Additional Priorities

  1. Physical Activity and Physical Education for Healthy Kids Act (SD343/HD2685).  Lead sponsors: Sen. Thomas McGee and Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez.  Promoting stronger physical education programs and increased physical activity in schools.
  2. An Act to Expand Access to Healthy Foods (SD769/HD3454). Lead sponsors: Sen. Michael Moore and Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry.  Establishing a flexible financing program to provide support for the development, renovation and expansion of healthy food retailers in underserved communities.  
  3. Public Health Volunteer Responder Bill (SD1375/HD396). Lead sponsors: Sen. Richard Moore and Rep. Denise Garlick.  Protecting the local public health volunteers who are essential for the provision of public health services during emergencies as well as for more routine public health responses, such as vaccination clinics.


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