Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 6525

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 3882

 

*03882_______KID*

Referred to Committee on CHILDREN

 

Introduced by:

 

(KID)

 

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CHILDHOOD OBESITY TASK FORCE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2013) (a) There is established a Task Force on Childhood Obesity to study the effects of obesity on children's health. The task force shall consist of the following members: (1) The Commissioner of Children and Families, or said commissioner's designee, (2) the Commissioner of Social Services, or said commissioner's designee, (3) the Commissioner of Education, or said commissioner's designee, (4) the chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, and (5) two members of the public appointed by the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, one of whom is an advocate for children's health matters and one of whom is an academic, civic or cultural leader specializing in children's health matters. All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than July 31, 2013. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(b) The task force shall: (1) Study the effects of obesity on children's health; (2) make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor for new or enhanced policies to address the findings of the task force; (3) gather and maintain current information regarding childhood obesity that can be used to better understand the impact of obesity on children's health; and (4) advise the General Assembly and Governor concerning the coordination and administration of state programs that may reduce the incidents of childhood obesity.

(c) Not later than October 1, 2014, the task force shall submit a report to the General Assembly and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, detailing the task force's findings pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2013

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish a task force to study childhood obesity.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]