Public Health Law Blog Archive

May 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tax Incentives and Public Health: Injury Prevention on the Road, on the Water, and at Home

posted on Wed, May 23 2018 11:35 am by Ashley Creech and Yuezhu Laura Liu

Tax exemptions can be used effectively to encourage the purchase of consumer goods that support public health and safety by reducing the rate of injury or death. A few states have passed sales tax exemptions that fit the bill for public health, including exemptions for child car seats, bicycle helmets, and fire-safety equipment for homes. But these types of tax exemptions are often underutilized.   

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Next Generation 911: Maryland Answers the Call to Upgrade the State's Emergency Response System

posted on Wed, May 9 2018 11:15 am by Alec Prechtel and Kathleen Hoke

Many of us use smartphones every day to send text messages, share videos, get from point A to point B, and even share our location with another person. While these services are of particular value during an emergency, they are not available to many 911 dispatch centers and emergency services around the country. In Maryland, legislation was passed to advance Next Generation 911 in the state.

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