POLICY DATABASE
Ulster County, N.Y., Resolution 128-#0529 (May 17, 2011)
Brief Summary
This resolution requires at least 50% of food and beverages sold in vending machines in County-leased or operated facilities to meet specified nutrition standards.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. This resolution only applies to food and beverages sold in vending machines in Ulster County-owned or leased facilities.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: New York
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Ulster County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Resolution refers to concerns about childhood obesity. Resolution at 1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See, e.g., references to "healthy eating choices," "healthier snack items," "workplace wellness" and "healthy vending." Resolution at 1-2.
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?
Yes. See this language: "employers have an obligation to create a healthier workforce by losing weight and reducing the vast medical costs and lost productivity linked to obesity." Resolution at 1.
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?
Yes. Several findings are listed on pages 1-2 including, inter alia, "Employers have an obligation to create a healthier workforce by losing weight and reducing the vast medical costs and lost productivity linked to obesity;" "The Ulster County Legislature recognizes an opportunity to make healthy eating choices through vending machines;" and "Many organizations from the public and private sector are looking for ways to reduce health costs and by instituting workplace wellness programs that include healthy vending options." Resolution at 2.
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?
Unclear. Although not labeled, "intent" or "purposed" the resolution provides the following language: "RESOLVED, it is the desire of the Ulster County Legislature to provide a safe and healthy workplace by including healthy vending items as alternatives to junk food, and be it further RESOLVED, this policy specifies that no less than 50% of the food and beverages sold in vending machines in Ulster County-owned or leased facilities meet [certain] nutrition standards." Resolution at 2.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Specific nutrition standards are set forth, with the requirement that no less than 50% of the food and beverages sold in vending machines in Ulster County-owned or leased facilities meet those standards. Resolution at 2.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This is an uncodified resolution setting forth an administrative policy. History: approved on May 25, 2011.