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State Spotlight! New AZ Law Helps Increase Access to Recreational Facilities

 

Thanks to a new law in Arizona, fields, courts, and playgrounds at schools will soon be more accessible to communities. On March 13th, Governor Jan Brewer signed a “shared use” bill that limits the liability of schools if they open their grounds during non-instructional hours for recreational use. The new law goes into effect on June 15, 2012 and is critical to providing the public with increased opportunities for physical activity.

This important victory couldn’t have happened without You’re the Cure advocates. They flooded state lawmakers with hundreds of messages of support for the bill and took advantage of face-to-face time with lawmakers and staff at the Arizona State Legislative Reception to stress how important shared use is to building healthier communities. Plus, the state’s You’re the Cure Leadership Committee helped close the loop by making personal phone calls to thank the Governor after the bill became law.

As other states across the country work to pass similar shared use legislation, this win sets a positive example. Congratulations Arizona!

Interested in learning more about “shared use” policy? Visit www.unlockpossibilities.org today to download the Playing Smart toolkit, produced through a partnership between KaBOOM! and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Children Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy.

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