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Howard County, Md., Code § 12.1800 et seq. (current through Dec. 28, 2017)
Brief Summary
Provides nutrition standards for packaged food and beverages served at youth-oriented County programs, and sold through vending machines on County property. (to be applied to 75% of packaged food and beverages offered in vending machines on County property).
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information.
Reach
Limited scope. Applies only to County youth programs and vending machines on County property.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Maryland
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Howard County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Policy applies to youth-oriented county programs (§ 12.1802).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Policy applies to youth-oriented county programs (§ 12.1802).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 12.1800.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. Partially addresses implementation--addresses product placement in vending machines (§12.1804); and addresses food and beverage contracts and situations where County property is leased to a private entity (see § 12.1805).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Non-compliance will be addressed through on-going training and support to vendors; continued non-compliance may result in termination of the contract. § 12.1807(c).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Yes. "The Department of County Administration shall review the Howard County healthy food and beverage standards and submit a biennial report (from the date of implementation) to the County Executive, the County Council and the County Board of Health. The biennial report shall review the Howard County healthy food and beverage standards and make recommendations on the best practice nutrition standards for packaged food and beverages offered for sale in vending machines on County property or served or sold as part of youth-oriented County government programs." § 12.1806(a),(b).
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Title 12 (Health and Social Services), Subtitle 18 (Healthy Food and Beverages - County Property). Ordinances: C.B. 17, 2015, § 1.