Anti-fluoride Bill Defeated in Senate

by Billy Tarpley on March 28, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – With the assistance of numerous ASDA members who contacted their state senators earlier this week, SB604 was defeated by a voice vote in the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. If enacted, the bill would have interfered with current law by tripling the minimum number of water customers required to have community water fluoridation by expanding it from 5,000 to 15,000.

Several rural water officials from the Madison County area were there to talk in favor of the bill, but cited only local concerns about the current law that mandates compliance for all water systems serving 5,000 customers. The bill, of course, would have had statewide impact, and would have adversely affected Arkansans in multiple water districts and municipalities.

Speaking in opposition to the bill were ASDA, Delta Dental of Arkansas, Arkansas Dept of Health, and Arkansas Childrens’ Hospital.

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