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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

06-S2506 on Apr 4, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: for health impact assessments for environmental health
Source: Healthy Places Act (S.2506/H.R.5088)
OnTheIssues.org Explanation: A classic 1980s study demonstrated that poor neighborhoods are burdened with more environmental hazards than rich neighborhoods. The 1980s study established the field of "environmental justice"; this bill addresses environmental justice and health justice.

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to require health impact assessments and take other actions to improve health and the environmental quality of communities, and for other purposes.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: The Healthy Places Act of 2006 focuses on the built environment, which includes our homes, parks, and transportation systems. Like many other States, Illinois has already begun to take steps to improve the environment. City leaders in Chicago have recognized that many low-income families have no access to fresh foods and medicine because there are no grocery stores and pharmacies in their neighborhoods. Retail Chicago, an initiative of the city's Department of Planning and Development, is now using redevelopment funds to entice local developers to bring grocery stores and pharmacies into these neighborhoods.

The Healthy Places Act of 2006 would expand these and other efforts to improve the planning and design of communities that can promote healthier living. It establishes and supports health impact assessment programs; better addressing environmental health issues; and creating a grant program to address environmental health hazards, particularly those that contribute to health disparities. Finally, the Healthy Places Act provides additional support for research on the relationship between the built environment and the health status of residents.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Health impact assessments for environmental health
  • Headline 2: Sponsored health impact bill for environmental health

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Democrats participating in 06-S2506

Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s2iNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Mark Dayton s1oMN Democratic Governor 
Richard Durbin s2iIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Kerry s2iMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Nick Rahall s1oWest Virginia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Hilda Solis s2pCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 



Republicans participating in 06-S2506



Independents participating in 06-S2506



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 20
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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