LITTLE ROCK – An Arkansas representative has filed a bill aimed at providing local control over fluoride levels in water systems, according to legislative records.
Rep. Jack Ladyman, R-Jonesboro, filed the bill on Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 4:10 p.m., legislative records state.
The bill is called HB 1355 or “An act to provide local control over fluoride levels in water systems.”
If passed, it would allow whoever owns or controls a water system to determine if any adjustments will be made to the fluoride levels in that water system, the bill states.
The bill also states that the adjusted fluoride level in the water “shall not exceed the maximum fluoride content established by the Department of Health.”
HB 1355 was referred to the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.
Booneville had fluoride added to its water in November 2014, and Fort Smith is scheduled to have fluoride added to its water systems soon, too. Greenwood is scheduled to have fluoride added to its water system in April, officials say.