Model Policies — Health

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Rhode Island Sugary Drinks Tax and Health Fund

Imposes a tax on sugary drinks and creates the Children's Health Promotion Fund to deposit the revenue. Funds can be used to support biking, walking, and outdoor recreation, as well as investments in safe routes to school, and eight other eligibilities. Referred to Senate committee. Read the...

Published on 05/18/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Recreation, Walking, Cycling, Taxes, Health
State: Rhode Island
Tags: 2018, Safe Routes to School

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New York Policy Changes to Encourage Trail Building

Encourages state agencies, municipalities and private parties in their efforts to promote community gardens. Directs the state and municipalities to develop more and safer bike lanes and multiple use trails so as to encourage more physical activity and to reduce carbon emissions. Also directs...

Published on 05/18/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Cycling, Walking
State: New York
Tags: 2018

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New York Omnibus Health Bill

Enacts the "omnibus obesity and respiratory illness reduction act" with a number of other health clauses. For active transportation, Senate bill S.2760A provides for a state office building bicycle parking and storage facilities expansion and inventory plan and creates a temporary bicycle commuting...

Published on 05/18/18
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Health, Walking, Cycling, Trails, Safety, Transportation
State: New York
Tags: 2017, 2018

Success Stories — Health

Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus

The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, formed on March 29, 2017, is a bipartisan group of 30-and-counting state-elected officials committed to creating a statewide trails network to connect Ohioans. The Caucus is focused on improving existing trails and ensuring smart planning for future trail...

Published on 04/05/18
Funding Mechanism: Resolution
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Walking, Recreation, Land Use
Tags: Special committee, 2017, 2018

Ohio - Local (Oxford Area) Trails Levy

Oxford, Ohio (location of Miami University) passes tax levy to build 12-mile trail system. Read more about the process of getting this initiative on the ballot. The City of Oxford, Ohio passed a property tax levy on May 8, 2018 to fund the construction of its planned 12-mile multi-use trail...

Published on 03/20/18
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Local Policy
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Health, Trails, Transportation, Recreation, Walking
Tags: Local option, Property tax