Topic

Description

Billsa # adopted/ # introduced (% adopted)

Resolutionsb # adopted/ # introduced (% adopted)

Community Environment

Study/Council/ Task Force

Establish a commission, committee, council, task force, or study to address obesity within schools or communities.

11/68

(16%)

15/42

(36%)

Farmers’ Markets

Support and make appropriations for farmers’ market initiatives. Promote the implementation of locally grown nutritious foods in school systems.

31/87

(36%)

3/3

(100%)

Statewide Initiative

Establish initiatives, often though the state’s department of health, to reduce the prevalence of obesity among residents statewide.

11/37

(30%)

28/35

(80%)

Walking/ Biking Paths

Support (through appropriations and regulations) physical activity through the creation or maintenance of bicycle trails, walking paths, and sidewalks. Promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.

17/46

(37%)

2/2

(100%)

Soda and Snack Tax

Increase or establish a tax on snacks and soft drinks. May use revenue to promote nutrition and health in schools.

0/49

(0%)

0/0

(0%)

Restaurant Menu and Product Labeling

Regulates the labeling of nutrition content on food items. Requires restaurants to post nutritional information on menus.

0/25

(0%)

0/0

(0%)

Totalc

 

123/717

(17%)

71/134

(53%)

aA bill is a proposed law or amendment to an existing law that is presented to a state legislature for consideration. A bill requires approval by both chambers of the legislature and action by the governor in order to become law.

bA resolution is a formal expression of the will, opinion, or direction of one or both houses of the state legislature on a matter of public interest. Joint and concurrent resolutions are voted on by both houses but require no action on the part of the governor. Typically, resolutions are temporary in nature and do not have the power of law.

cNumbers and percents do not add up to the total because some bills and resolutions were listed in more than one topic area.

SOURCE: Adapted from Boehmer et al. (2006).



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