Senate Bill Would Require County Commission Approval of Board of Health Regulations


Legislation introduced in the State Senate would require all regulations promulgated by local boards of health to be approved by the county commission in the jurisdiction prior to becoming effective. This bill, as proposed would also allow county commissioners to “…call up any policy of the county board of health existing prior to the enactment of this section during the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature and approve, modify or void such policy.”

SB-284 was introduced by Senator Fernsh has been referred to the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee and then to the Senate Government Organization Committee for consideration.

Passage of this legislation would politicize the important decision local boards of health make, including clean indoor air regulations, and strengthen the ability of special interest to block regulations which may be required to protect the health of the community.

The Coalition for a Tobacco Free West Virginia OPPOSES SB-284 and supports the protection of local boards of health to set health policies in communities throughout West Virginia.

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