14 June 2008

Legislative regular session through Jun. 14, 2008

THIS WEEK FOR THE GOOD: HB 321 was sent to the governor; HB 350 passed the Senate; HB 734 passed the House, with minor amendments passed Senate committee; HB 790 was signed by the governor; HB 888 passed Senate committee; HB 960 was signed by the governor; HB 988 passed Senate committee; HB 1122 was signed by the governor; HB 1372 passed Senate committee; SB 87 was concurred in by the House and sent to the governor; SB 133 was signed by the governor; SB 167 was signed by the governor; SB 733 passed the House; SB 807 passed the House and was concurred in by the Senate; SB 808 with minor amendments passed House committee.

THIS WEEK FOR THE BAD: HB 1198 passed the Senate; SB 351 passed House committee; SB 653 was discharged from House committee; SB 672 passed the Senate, passed House committee, and with minor amendments passed the House.

SCORECARD:
Total House introductions: 1387; total Senate introductions: 813.

Total House good bills: 41; total Senate good bills: 23.

Total House bad bills: 36; total Senate bad bills: 15.

Total House good bills heard in committee: 30; total Senate good bills heard in committee: 18

Total House bad bills heard in committee: 27; total Senate bad bills heard in committee: 10.

Total House good bills passing committee: 20; total Senate good bills passing committee: 12.

Total House bad bills passing committee: 7; total Senate bad bills passing committee: 8.

Total House good bills passing the House: 15; total Senate good bills passing the Senate: 7.

Total House bad bills passing the House: 4; total Senate bad bills passing the Senate: 4.

Total House good bills passing Senate committee: 8; total Senate good bills passing House committee: 7.

Total House bad bills passing Senate committee: 4; total Senate bad bills passing House committee: 4.

Total House good bills passing Senate: 5; total Senate good bills passing House: 5.

Total House bad bills passing Senate: 1; total Senate bad bills passing House: 1.

Total House good bills sent to the governor: 4; total Senate good bills sent to the governor: 4.

Total House bad bills sent to the governor: 1; total Senate bad bills sent to the governor: 0.

Total House good bills signed into law: 3; total Senate good bills signed into law: 2.

1 comment:

nyscof said...

LA Fluoridation Mandate Bill Back in the Senate

New York – June 14 – Passed by the Senate, amended by the House, SB 312, the fluoridation mandate bill is back in the Louisiana Senate for another go-round which, if enacted, will require health-robbing fluoride chemicals be added to most of Louisiana’s public water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth decay.

Over 1200 messages opposing fluoridation flooded legislators’ mailboxes asking them to reject SB-312. Only 50 messages of support were received, according to an action message on the Louisiana Dental Association’s (LDA) web site. The LDA created the bill.

Monroe attorney Milton Dale Peacock writes in the News Star "I am not a scientist, but my father, Dr. Milton O. Peacock, was. Daddy was a brilliant scientist and educator who fought tirelessly and successfully against the folly of fluoridation. He saw clearly its dangers. My father entered into glory on Jan. 19. It is my duty to defend the truth he knew."

"Serious scientific research has revealed numerous dangers and potential dangers from the ingestion of fluoride. Those include bone cancer, increased bone fractures, lead poisoning, brain damage and dental fluorosis...If this bill is passed, encourage our fine governor to veto it," writes Peacock.

“The Louisiana Dental Association misinformed legislators about fluoride's safety,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

For example, their online letter to legislators says, "more than six decades of research, literally thousands of studies and the experience of more than 170 million Americans tell us that fluoridation is safe, effective and economical in preventing tooth decay."

However, the most recent review of fluoride toxicology is from the prestigious National Research Council (NRC). In 2006, the NRC revealed that fluoride, even at low levels added for fluoridation, is detrimental to the thyroid, diabetics, kidney patients, high water drinkers and others.

As a result of the NRC report, both the American Dental Association
and the Centers for Disease Control now advise against mixing infant formula with fluoridated water.

Also as a result of the NRC report, the National Kidney Foundation withdrew its fluoridation endorsement to, instead, advise kidney patients (not just those on dialysis) to learn about fluoride’s adverse effects and that a malfunctioning kidney causes the body to retain bone-damaging fluoride levels. Yet, the Louisiana Dental Association erroneously lists the National Kidney Foundation as a supporter of fluoridation.

Dentist Hardy Limeback, PhD co-author of the NRC reports says, “Kidney patients have never been included in bone studies. Fluoride is harmful to them. It contributes to osteodystrophy. Reducing fluoride in the water even down to levels of water fluoridation will still not protect the entire population and it is the moral duty of the EPA to work with the CDC to find the lowest, safest level of fluoride in the drinking water.”

“Louisianan’s should contact their Senate representatives to stop the money-wasting fluoridation mandate at http://tinyurl.com/3s4fmc , says Beeber

With American Dental Association funding, the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) hired public relations and lobbying firms to promote fluoridation, according to the Journal of the Louisiana Dental Association (Winter 2007).

“Most Louisiana residents are unaware this is happening,” says Beeber.

Over 1,700 professionals urge Congress to stop water fluoridation and conduct hearings, citing the new scientific evidence that fluoridation is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html

New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof

Fluoridation News Releases
http://tinyurl.com/6kqtu

Tooth Decay Crises in Fluoridated Areas
http://www.fluoridenews.blogspot.com/

Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Fluoride Journal http://www.FluorideResearch.Org