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HF 272

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 06/21/2017 11:01am

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A bill for an act
relating to health; allowing cities to opt out of fluoridation of its water supply;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 144.145.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 144.145, is amended to read:


144.145 FLUORIDATION OF MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLIES.

For the purpose of promoting public health through prevention of tooth decay,
(a)
The person, firm, corporation, or municipality having jurisdiction over a municipal
water supply, whether publicly or privately owned or operated, shall control the quantities
of fluoride in the water so as to maintain a fluoride content prescribed by the state
commissioner of health. In the manner provided by law, the state commissioner of health
shall promulgate adopt rules relating to the fluoridation of public water supplies which
shall include, but not be limited to the following: (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. The state commissioner of health shall enforce the provisions of
this section. In so doing the commissioner shall require the fluoridation of water in all
municipal water supplies on or before January 1, 1970.

(b) The state commissioner of health shall not require the fluoridation of water in
any municipal or community water supply where if: (1) such water supply in the state of
nature contains sufficient fluorides to conform with the rules of such commissioner. ; or (2)
a home rule charter or statutory city has elected not to have its water supply fluoridated.
A city electing to not fluoridate its water must notify the commissioner of health, who
shall direct the person, firm, corporation, or municipality having jurisdiction over the
city's municipal water supply to not fluoridate the water.

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