Health Impact Assessments

6/19/2017

Keyboard with the words Impact Factor

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a systematic method of gauging the potential health effects impact proposed decisions in a range of sectors. HIAs differ from Health Risk Assessments (HRA) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in that HIAs concentrate on examining both potential positive and negative human health impacts, rather than only the risks of adverse effects, as well as socioeconomic and environmental impacts.

Although widely used globally, HIAs in the U.S. are most commonly adopted on a voluntary basis, although some states or municipalities require or encourage their use to some extent. For example, the city of Denver, Colo., chose to use HIAs in the redevelopment plans for several neighborhoods.

Health in all policies is a similar, though less structured, approach that involves collaboration and stakeholder input across sectors in an effort to incorporate health considerations in decision-making processes. HIAs are one tool that can be used to support an overall health in all policies approach.

Regardless of the specific strategy, policymakers are acknowledging the larger contexts that affect health and using new tools such as HIAs to consider a wide variety of policies affecting public health. This page provides an overview of state legislation related to HIAs. 

Existing State Laws and Programs

The following state program examples illustrate the various applications and methodologies that can be used in developing and implementing HIAs.

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts legislature created the healthy transportation compact in 2009 to increase interagency collaboration between the state’s department of transportation and other agencies as part of an effort to apply a health lens to policies—to “achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of land-use, transportation and public health policy.”  The law also requires using HIAs to determine the effects of transportation projects on public health. Under the provisions of M.G.L.A. 6C § 33, the compact must carry out 11 tasks, including:

  • "(i) promote inter-secretariat cooperation and the establishment of a healthy transportation policy, including appropriate mechanisms to minimize duplication and overlap of state and federal programs and services.
  • (ii) develop a healthy transportation framework that increases access to healthy transportation alternatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improves access to services for persons with mobility limitations and increases opportunities for physical activities.
  • (iii) develop methods to increase bicycle and pedestrian travel, incorporate the principles, findings and recommendations of the Massachusetts bicycle transportation plan and establish a framework for implementation of the Bay State Greenway Network.
  • (iv) develop and implement, in consultation with the bicycle and pedestrian advisory board established in section 11A of chapter 21A, administrative and procedural mechanisms, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, consistent with the most current edition of the Project Development and Design Guide, or its successor, to encourage the construction of complete streets, designed and operated to enable safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages to safely move along and across roadways in urban and suburban areas.
  • (v) establish methods to implement the use of health impact assessments to determine the effect of transportation projects on public health and vulnerable populations [emphasis added].
  • (vi) facilitate access to the most appropriate, cost-effective transportation services within existing resources for persons with mobility challenges.
  • (vii) expand service offerings for the Safe Routes to Schools program.
  • (viii) explore opportunities and encourage the use of public-private partnerships with private and nonprofit institutions.
  • (ix) seek to establish an advisory council with private and nonprofit advocacy groups as the compact sees fit.
  • (x) institute a health impact assessment for use by planners, transportation administrators, public health administrators and developers [emphasis added].
  • (xi) develop and implement a method for monitoring progress on achieving the goals of this section and provide any other recommendations that would, in the judgment of the compact, advance the principles set forth in this section."

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Bureau of Public Health conducted the first HIA in 2013 on an elevated highway corridor in the Somerville area that carries a large volume of traffic, but also limits mobility and connectivity within the city. More information on this program is available here.

New Jersey

New Jersey requires HIA to be used for solid waste facilities as a component of Environmental and Health Impact Statements (EHIS). The size and scope of an EHIS varies in relation to the particular characteristics of a given facility. The EHIS consists of several review categories. Category III, known as the “culture category,” requires, in part:

“9. A health impact assessment for Class II and III sanitary landfills and thermal destruction facilities, which shall provide a detailed evaluation of the potential impacts of the proposed facility on human health resulting from ground or surface water discharges and air emissions, including, but not limited to the following:

  • i. A description and discussion of the health risk assessment methodology to be employed, including detailed descriptions of the logical reasoning and assumptions employed in the method. A bibliography of reference material utilized in the preparation of the assessment shall be provided. Applicants shall contact the Department prior to the initiation of the assessment to obtain the current guidelines for such activities.
  • ii. A discussion of the level of uncertainty involved in the overall assessment. This discussion shall address the uncertainty involved in the estimation of individual parameters such as emissions or discharge and decay rates, levels of exposure and health effects, as well as the implications of complex uncertainties.
  • iii. A listing of all potential contaminants which may reasonably be expected to be released from the facility, and the amounts, concentrations and pathways of each.
  • iv. A listing of contaminants which will be utilized to assess health risks. All known carcinogens listed in (c)9iii above shall be included; additional contaminants shall be included, based on professional judgment.
  • This list, together with a description of the rationale employed in choosing those materials included on the list, shall be submitted to the department for review and approval before initiation of the toxicity profile and health impact assessment.
  • v. For each of the contaminants listed in (c)9iv above, a toxicity profile shall be developed. This profile shall include data on the physical and chemical nature of the contaminant, as well as a description and discussion of data available regarding the environmental fate, acute effects (LD50, irritation), chronic effects (mutagenicity, teratogenicity, carcinogenicity) and epidemiology of the material. This profile shall include a listing of available toxicological, epidemiological or other acute or chronic health effects studies used or otherwise available on the material in question. Applicants should contact the department prior to the initiation of development of these profiles, to obtain the current guidelines for such activities.
  • vi. A quantification of the potential health impacts, where possible. If such quantification is not included, an explanation of the reason for such omission shall be provided.
  • vii. A detailed description of the mitigation techniques proposed to address any potential health impacts associated with the proposed facility.”  N.J.A.C. 7:26–2.9

Enacted Laws
Maryland MD S 340

Crossfiled with: MD H 1225

Author: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-044)

Coauthors:  Klausmeier (D) , Robinson B (D) , Rosapepe (D) , Reilly (R) , Hershey (R) , Zucker (D) , Ferguson (D) , Mathias (D) , Young (D) , Guzzone (D) , Ramirez (D) , Jennings (R) , Benson (D) , McFadden (D) , Kelley (D) , Middleton (D) , Astle (D) , Currie (D) , Lee (D) , Feldman (D) , Smith W (D)

Title: Public Health Center

Introduced: 01/25/2017

Partial Amendment: 04/03/2017  House Health and Government Committee, House, Number 71698001, Amendments Adopted  

Enacted: 05/04/2017

Disposition:Enacted

Effective Date:06/01/2017

Location: Chaptered

Chapter: 559

Summary: Requires the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity, in consultation with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to convene a workgroup to study and make recommendations to units of State and local government on laws and policies to implement that will positively impact the health of residents of the State; requires the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity to report the workgroup findings.

Status:  05/04/2017 Signed by GOVERNOR.

              05/04/2017  Chapter No. 559 [Effective Rule]

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Pending and Failed State Legislation
STATE BILL NUMBER SUMMARY
Maryland MD H 423 Crossfiled with:   MD S 304
Author:  Morhaim [D]
Title:  Health Commission
Introduced:  01/29/2016
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  House Health and Government Operations Committee
Summary:  Establishes the Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies. Provides for the purpose, composition, chair, and staffing of the commission. Specifies the duties of the commission. Requires specified health impact assessments to be performed in a specified manner. Requires the commission to report to the governor and General Assembly on Dec. 1 of each year on the findings from and recommendations based on any health impact assessments performed by the commission.
Status:  02/04/2016  Hearing Scheduled 2/09 at 1 p.m.
Maryland MD S 304 Crossfiled with: MD H 423
Author: Nathan‑Pulliam [D]
Title:  Health Policies
Introduced: 01/22/2016
Disposition: Failed | Adjourned
Location: Senate Finance Committee
Summary: Establishes the Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies. Provides for the purpose, composition, chair, and staffing of the commission. Specifies the duties of the commission. Requires specified health impact assessments to be performed in a specified manner. Requires the commission to report to the governor and General Assembly on Dec. 1 of each year on the findings from and recommendations based on any health impact assessments performed by the commission.
Status: 01/26/2016  Hearing cancelled.
 01/26/2016  Hearing Scheduled 2/17 at 1 p.m.
Massachusetts MA S 1075 Docket:  1068
Author:  Eldridge [D]
Title:  Comprehensive Land Use Reform and Partnership
Introduced:  04/15/2015
Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned
Location:  Senate Study Order
Summary:  Relates to comprehensive land use reform and partnership.
Status: 07/05/2016  From JOINT Committee on MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENT: Accompanied Study Order S 2385. Dated 7/5/2016.
Massachusetts MA S 1868

DOCKET 752

Author: O'Connor P (R)

Title: Natural Gas Transfer Facility Health Impact

Introduced: 01/23/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

Summary: Relates to the impact of natural gas transfer facilities on public health.

Status: 02/27/2017  To JOINT Committee on TELECOMMUNICATIONS, UTILITIES AND ENERGY. Dated 1/23/2017.

Massachusetts MA H 3245

DOCKET 3185

Author: Peter Kocot (D-1st Hampshire)

Title: Biomass Facilities and Solid Waste Combustion

Introduced: 03/20/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Joint Committee on Public Health

Summary: Relates to biomass facilities and solid waste combustion.

Status:  03/21/2017 To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH. Dated 1/23/2017.

Massachusetts MA H 3391

DOCKET 3239

Author: Edward F. Coppinger (D-10th Suffolk)

Title: Energy Facilities Siting Board

Introduced: 03/20/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

Summary: Regulates the Energy Facilities Siting Board.

Status: 03/21/2017  To JOINT Committee on TELECOMMUNICATIONS, UTILITIES AND ENERGY. Dated 1/23/2017.

Minnesota MN H 1780 Author: Bernardy [DFL]
Title:  Transportation
Introduced:  03/12/2015
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee
Summary:  Relates to transportation and highways. Requires the commissioner of transportation to develop a performance, stewardship, and sustainability plan for the trunk highway system. Requires performance reports. Requires an assessment of the department's organizational structure. Requires achievement of performance targets.
Status: 03/12/2015  INTRODUCED.
03/12/2015  To HOUSE Committee on TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND FINANCE.
Minnesota MN H 3261 Author: Newberger [R]
Title:  Natural Resources
Introduced:  03/17/2016
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee
Summary:  Relates to natural resources. Requires hearing and local approval prior to clear‑cutting certain state land.
Status: 03/17/2016  INTRODUCED.

03/17/2016  To HOUSE Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY AND FINANCE.

Minnesota MN S 1671 Author: Lourey T [DFL]
Title:  Health
Introduced:  03/11/2015
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee
Summary:  Relates to health. Establishes a program requiring the commissioner of health to conduct health impact assessments on topics selected by the Legislative Audit Commission. Appropriates money.
Status: 03/12/2015  To SENATE Committee on HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSING.
Minnesota MN S 1879 Author: Kent [DFL]
Title:  Transportation
Introduced:  03/18/2015
Disposition:  Failed | Adjourned
Location:  Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee
Summary:  Relates to transportation and highways. Requires the commissioner of transportation to develop a performance, stewardship and sustainability plan for the trunk highway system. Requires performance reports. Requires an assessment of the department's organizational structure. Requires achievement of performance targets.
Status: 03/18/2015  INTRODUCED.
             03/18/2015  To SENATE Committee on TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
Minnesota MN S 742

Author: Tony Lourey (DFL-011)

Title: Health Impact Assessments

Introduced: 02/09/2017

Disposition: Pending - Carryover

Location: Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee

Summary: Relates to health; establishes a program requiring the commissioner of health to conduct health impact assessments on topics selected by the Legislative Audit Commission; appropriates money.

Status: 02/09/2017  INTRODUCED.

             02/09/2017  To SENATE Committee on HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE and POLICY.

Minnesota MN H 1155

Companion: MN S 1925

Author: Connie Bernardy (DFL-41A)

Coauthors: Thissen (DFL) , Hansen (DFL) , Drazkowski (R) , Petersburg (R) , Uglem (R) , Ward Joa (DFL) , Whelan (R)

Title: Transportation

Introduced: 02/13/2017

Last Amend: 03/01/2017

Disposition: Pending -Carryover

Location: House Transportation Finance Committee

Summary: Relates to transportation; requires the commissioner of transportation to develop a performance, stewardship, and sustainability plan for the trunk highway system.

Status: 03/01/2017  From HOUSE Committee on TRANSPORTATION and REGIONAL GOVERNANCE POLICY: Do pass as amended.

             03/01/2017  Rereferred to HOUSE Committee on TRANSPORTATION FINANCE.

Minnesota MN S 1925

Companion: MN H 1155               

Author: Kent (DFL)

Title: Transportation

Introduced: 03/07/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee

Summary: Relates to transportation; requires the commissioner of transportation to develop a performance, stewardship, and sustainability plan for the trunk highway system.

Status: 03/08/2017  To SENATE Committee on TRANSPORTATION FINANCE and POLICY.

Mississippi MS S 2061

Author: Derrick Simmons (D-012)

Title: Small Business and Grocer Investment Act

Introduced: 01/05/2017

Disposition: Failed

Location: Died

Summary: Amends a part of the small business and grocer investment act; revises the definition of the term underserved community; removes a provision that prohibits the use of state funds as a source of funding for a food retailer under the program; revises the eligibility requirements for applicants and projects under the program; authorizes the Development Authority to utilize a certain amount of the funds available to the program for cost of administering the program.

Status: 01/31/2017 Died in committee.

New Jersey NJ A 1365

Sponsor: L. Grace Spencer (D-029)

Cosponsors: Johnson (D) , Giblin (D) , Singleton (D)

Title: Environmental Permits in Burdened Communities

Introduced: 01/27/2016

Disposition: Pending

Location: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

Summary: Concerns environmental permits in burdened communities.

Status: 01/27/2016         INTRODUCED.

 01/27/2016         To ASSEMBLY Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE.

New Jersey NJ A 1877

Identical: NJ S 1129        

Sponsor: Benjie Wimberly (D-035)

Cosponsors: Diegnan (D) , Chiaravalloti (D) , Muoio (D) , Holley (D) , Danielsen (D) , Pinkin (D) , Sumter (D) , Mosquera (D) , Caride (D) , Benson (D) , Quijano (D) , Jasey (D) , Schaer (D) , Lampitt (D) , Johnson (D) , Conaway (D) , McKnight (D)

Title: Healthy Small Food Retailer Act

Introduced: 01/27/2016

Vetoed: 09/08/2016

Disposition: Vetoed

Location: Vetoed by Governor

Summary: Relates to "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act"; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food.

Status: 09/08/2016         Conditional veto by GOVERNOR. *****Returned to ASSEMBLY.

New Jersey NJ A 4496

Identical: NJ S 2977            

Sponsor: Benjie Wimberly (D-035)

Cosponsor  Sumter (D)

Title: Healthy Small Food Retailers

Introduced:  01/19/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location:  ASSEMBLY

Summary: relates to Healthy Small Food Retailer Act; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food; appropriates $1 million.

Status: 06/01/2017         Transferred to ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

             06/01/2017         From ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS. (6-0)

New Jersey NJ S 802

Sponsor: Loretta Weinberg (D-037)

Title: Environmental Permits in Low Income Minority Community

Introduced: 01/12/2016

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Environment and Energy Committee

Summary: Concerns environmental permits in low-income, minority communities.

Status:  01/12/2016         INTRODUCED.

              01/12/2016         To SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY.

New Jersey NJ S 2977

Identical: NJ A 4496            

Sponsor: Raymond J Lesniak (D-020)

Title: Healthy Small Food Retailer Act

Introduced: 01/30/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Economic Growth Committee

Summary: Concerns the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food; appropriates funds.

Status: 01/30/2017         INTRODUCED.

             01/30/2017         To SENATE Committee on ECONOMIC GROWTH.by GOVERNOR. *****Returned to ASSEMBLY.

New Jersey NJ S 1129

Identical: NJ A 1877            

Sponsor: Ronald L Rice (D-028)

Cosponsors: Pou (D) , Beck (R) , Whelan (D) , Ruiz (D)

Title: Healthy Small Food Retailer Act

Introduced: 02/08/2016

Last Amend: 06/16/2016

Disposition: Pending

Location: SENATE

Summary: Enacts the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food.

Status: 06/23/2016         Substituted by A1877

New Mexico NM HM 109 Author: Martinez [D]
Title:  Study Using Health Impact Assessments
Introduced:  02/17/2016
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  House Judiciary Committee
Summary:  Relates to study using health impact assessments.
Status: 02/17/2016  INTRODUCED.
             02/17/2016  To HOUSE Committee on JUDICIARY.
New York NY A 7837 Same as: NY S 3844

Sponsor: Brindisi [D]
Title:  Upholstered Furniture Safety Act
Introduced:  05/28/2015

Last amend:  03/01/2016
Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned
Location:  Senate Rules Committee
Summary:  Enacts the upholstered furniture safety act. Prohibits the use of chemical flame retardants on residential upholstered furniture.
Status: 06/15/2016  Passed ASSEMBLY.  *****To SENATE. (139‑4)

             06/15/2016  To SENATE Committee on RULES.

New York NY S 1220

Sponsor:  Avella (D)
Title:  Natural Gas Development Using Hydraulic Fracturing
Introduced:  01/09/2015
Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned
Location:  Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
Summary:  Relates to natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing. Enacts provisions to ensure natural gas development practices will be sustainable and safe.
Status: 01/09/2015  INTRODUCED.

01/09/2015  To SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

New York NY S 2745

Sponsor:  Hoylman (D)
Title:  Upholstered Furniture Safety Act
Introduced:  01/28/2015
Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned
Location:  Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
Summary:  Enacts the upholstered furniture safety act.
Status: 01/28/2015  INTRODUCED. 
01/28/2015  To SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

New York NY S 3844 Same as: NY A 7837

Sponsor:  Ritchie (R)
Title:  Use of Chemical Flame Retardants
Introduced:  02/20/2015

Last amend:  02/22/2016
Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned
Location:  Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
Summary:  Amends the Environmental Conservation Law. Prohibits the use of chemical flame retardants on residential upholstered furniture. Provides for increased fire safety.
Status:  02/22/2016  Amended in SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

New York NY A 3368

Sponsor:  Brindisi (D)
Title:  Use of Chemical Flame Retardants on Furniture
Introduced:  01/27/2017

Disposition:  Pending
Location:  Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee
Summary:  Prohibits the use of chemical flame retardants on residential upholstered furniture.
Status:  01/27/2017 INTRODUCED.

01/27/2017 To ASSEMBLY Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

New York NY S 742

Sponsor:  Ritchie (R)
Title:  Chemical Flame Retardants on Upholstered Furniture
Introduced:  01/04/2017

Disposition:  Pending
Location:  Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
Summary:  Prohibits the use of chemical flame retardants on residential upholstered furniture.
Status:  01/04/2017 INTRODUCED.

              01/04/2017 To SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.
New York NY S 1928

Sponsor: Avella (D)

Title: Natural Gas Development Using Hydraulic Fracturing

Introduced: 01/11/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

Summary: Relates to natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing; enacts provisions to ensure natural gas development practices will be sustainable and safe.

Status:  01/11/2017  INTRODUCED.

              01/11/2017  To SENATE Committee on ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

North Carolina NC H 387

Author: Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-038)

Coauthor:  Insko (D) , Hanes (D) , Lambeth (R) , Malone (R) , Martin S (R) , Steinburg (R) , Terry (D) , Richardson (D) , Meyer (D) , Adcock (D) , Brockman (D) , Turner B (D) , Murphy (R) , Lehman (D) , Belk (D) , Henson (R) , Quick (D) , Hall D (D) , Graham G (D) , Hunter (D) , Lucas (D) , Willingham (D) , Farmer-Butterfi (D) , Carney (D) , Fisher (D) , Harrison (D) , Pierce (D) , Wray (D) , Hurley (R) , McElraft (R) , Floyd E (D) , Jackson (D) , Gill (D) , Graham C (D) , Cunningham (D) , Butler (D)

Title: Healthy Food Retailers

Introduced: 03/20/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: House Agriculture Committee

Summary: Enacts the corner store initiative act to assist healthy food small retailers.

Status: 03/20/2017         INTRODUCED.

             03/20/2017         To HOUSE Committee on AGRICULTURE.

North Carolina NC S 498

Author: Donald Davis (D-005)

Coauthors: Pate (R) , Foushee (D) , Van Duyn (D) , Jackson J (D) , McInnis (R)

Title: Corner Stores

Introduced: 03/30/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee

Summary: Enacts the corner store initiative act to assist healthy food small retailers.

Status: 03/30/2017         INTRODUCED.

 03/30/2017         To SENATE Committee on RULES AND OPERATIONS OF THE SENATE.

Texas TX H 3324

Identical: TX S 2156            

Author: Eddie Rodriguez (D-051)

Sponsor  Lozano (D) , Capriglione (R) , Rose (D) , Uresti (D)

Title: Establishment of a Grocery Access Investment Fund

Introduced: 03/08/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: HOUSE

Summary: Relates to the establishment of a grocery access investment fund program.

Status: 05/08/2017         Considered in calendars.

             05/09/2017         Placed on General State Calendar 05/10/2017.

Texas TX S 2156

Identical: TX H 3324            

Author: Judith Zaffirini (D-021)

Title: Establishment of Grocery Access Investment Fund

Introduced: 03/10/2017

Disposition: Pending

Location: Senate Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs Committee

Summary: Relates to the establishment of a grocery access investment fund program.

Status: 03/29/2017         To SENATE Committee on AGRICULTURE, WATER, AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Texas TX S 1598

Author: Borris Miles (D-013)

Title: Application for Permits Issued to Low-Income Minorities

Introduced: 03/09/2017

Disposition: Failed - Adjourned

Version: Introduced

Location: Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee

Summary: Relates to applications for permits issued by the State Commission on Environmental Quality for certain new or expanded facilities in certain low-income and minority communities.

Status: 03/21/2017         To SENATE Committee on NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Vermont VT H 451

Author: Diana Gonzalez (P-Chittenden-6-7)

Title: Study of Fragrances in State Buildings

Introduced: 02/23/2017

Disposition: Pending

Version: Introduced

Location: House Corrections and Institutions Committee

Summary: Relates to a study of fragrances in State buildings.

Status: 02/24/2017         To HOUSE Committee on CORRECTIONS AND INSTITUTIONS.

Washington WA S 5225

Companion: WA H 1171         

Author: Karen Keiser (D-033)

Title: Study of Certain Environmental Impacts

Introduced: 01/17/2017

Disposition: Pending - Carryover

Version: Introduced

Location: Senate Ways and Means Committee

Summary: Directs the completion of a study of certain environmental impacts, including ultrafine particulate emissions, associated with aircraft traffic in areas impacted by airport operations.

Status: 05/23/2017         2017 2nd SPECIAL SESSION: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

Washington WA H 1171

Companion: WA S 5225          

Author: Tina Orwall (D-33 -01)

Title: Study of Certain Environmental Impacts

Introduced: 01/12/2017

Disposition: Pending - Carryover

Version: Recommended as Substituted from Committee

Location: House Appropriations Committee

Summary: Directs the completion of a study of certain environmental impacts, including ultrafine particulate emissions, associated with aircraft traffic in areas impacted by airport operations.

Status: 05/23/2017         2017 2nd SPECIAL SESSION: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

West Virginia WV H 4598 Sponsor: Rowe [D]
Title:  Minority Health Advisory Team
Introduced:  02/17/2016
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  House Health and Human Resources Committee
Summary:  Establishes the Minority Health Advisory Team; authorizes a Community Health Equity Initiative Demonstration Project.
Status: 02/17/2016  INTRODUCED.

             02/17/2016  To HOUSE Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES.

West Virginia WV S 530 Sponsor: Gaunch [R]
Title:  Community Health Equity Initiative Demonstration
Introduced:  02/05/2016
Disposition:  Failed ‑ Adjourned
Location:  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee
Summary:  Authorizes Community Health Equity Initiative Demonstration Project.
Status: 02/05/2016  INTRODUCED.
             02/05/2016  To SENATE Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES.
West Virginia WV H 2866

Sponsor: Larry L. Rowe (D-036)

Title: Social Determinants of Health

Introduced: 03/08/2017

Disposition: Failed - Adjourned

Location: House Health and Human Resources Committee

Summary: Relates to social determinants of health.

Status: 03/08/2017         INTRODUCED.

             03/08/2017         To HOUSE Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES.

West Virginia WV H 2951

Sponsor: Barbara Fleischauer (D-051)

Title: Department of Environmental Protection Secretary

Introduced: 03/13/2017

Disposition: Failed - Adjourned

Location: House Health and Human Resources Committee

Summary: Assesses the health impact of any new, or modification to, rule proposed by the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Status:  03/13/2017         INTRODUCED.

              03/13/2017         To HOUSE Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES.

District of Columbia DC B 416

Sponsor:  Grosso (I)

Title:  Health Impact Assessment Program

Introduced:  10/06/2015

Disposition:  Failed - Adjourned

Location:  Health and Human Services Committee

Summary:  (Permanent Law) Establishes a health impact assessment program within the Department of Health to evaluate the potential health effects of construction and development projects on individuals and communities and to support healthy communities, healthy community design and development that promotes physical and mental health by encouraging healthy behaviors, quality of life, social connectedness, safety and equity.

Status:  10/06/2015 INTRODUCED.

              10/06/2015 To COUNCIL Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

     
 

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This webpage is maintained by Douglas Shinkle, Transportation program director, Kate Blackman, Health program policy specialist and Ashley Noble, Health program policy specialist. This project is supported by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Pew logo