Bill to Improve Health in our Communities on the Move!

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In late February, an important bill to advance healthy community design was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. The bill, S122, would promote healthy communities by updating our state’s antiquate zoning and planning laws. Antiquated zoning laws stand in the way of building the healthier, walkable communities that are in high demand and that reduce pollution while increasing opportunity for exercise as well as access to healthy food and other services. For that reason, S122, is one most potentially impactful bills for public health in the legislature right now. On Wednesday, February 25, 2016 S122 was favorably reported out of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. The bill is now in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. This means we are one important step closer to making the first significant reforms in our state planning and zoning  in 40 years.

Read: Zoning Reform Bill Fact Sheet
Read: MPHA Zoning Reform Testimony