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New Jersey :: Proposed Legislation

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In March 2015, Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-NJ's 19th District) proposed a comprehensive water fluoridation plan for New Jersey.  Within twelve months of the bill's enactment, water fluoridation will be required in every public community water system.  The bill also empowers the Commissioner of Health and Senior Service (in conjunction with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection) to promulgate rules regarding fluoridation and water testing. While the pertinent section is below, the full proposed bill may be found at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S1500/1180_I1.PDF.  

(Last updated March 9, 2015)

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3. (New section) a. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B‑1 et seq.), rules and regulations relating to the fluoridation of public community water systems. The rules and regulations shall, at a minimum, include: (1) the means by which fluoride is controlled; (2) the methods of testing the fluoride content; and (3) the records to be kept relating to fluoridation. b. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall enforce the provisions of this section. In so doing, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall require the fluoridation of water in all public community water systems within 12 months of the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. )(pending before the Legislature as this bill). c. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall not require the fluoridation of water in any public community water system in which the water supply in the state of nature contains sufficient fluorides to conform with the rules and regulation adopted pursuant to this section. 4. (New section) For the purpose of promoting public health through prevention of tooth decay, every local government unit and water purveyor shall control the quantities of fluoride in the water so as to maintain a fluoride content prescribed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection as provided in rules and regulation adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L. , c. (C. )(pending before the Legislature as this bill).