The Massachusetts Legislature finished their formal session at midnight on July 31st before taking a break. We were happy that $6 million was allocated for the MA Food Trust Program, providing necessary funding for our healthy food financing initiatives in the Economic Development Bond Bill. We will be working with the Governor to make sure that he quickly appropriates the money so that much needed funding is accessible throughout the Commonwealth.
We did not see success on a few of our key issues and will have to start again in the new session in January, raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 and creating stroke system of care. We believe that thanks to a lot of momentum and hard work by our advocates we feel like they are in a good place to start the new year.
We still have a few things that we are hopeful will get across the finish line, requiring AEDs in Schools, Healthy Vending options and Quality Physical Education data collection. We look forward to continuing to work on these critical issues.