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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Health officers and local health departments. Establishes the jointly employed local health officer fund (fund) for the purpose of receiving, holding, and disbursing funds for grants-in-aid. Provides that the grants-in-aid apply only to county health departments and not to city health departments. Provides that a jointly employed local health officer means a local health officer that is jointly employed by two or more counties. Provides that the auditor of each county that jointly employs a local health officer that is also employed by one or more other county or counties shall annually certify that employment to the state department of Health officers and local health departments. Establishes the jointly employed local health officer fund (fund) for the purpose of receiving, holding, and disbursing funds for grants-in-aid. Provides that the grants-in-aid apply only to county health departments and not to city health departments. Provides that a jointly employed local health officer means a local health officer that is jointly employed by two or more counties. Provides that the auditor of each county that jointly employs a local health officer that is also employed by one or more other county or counties shall annually certify that employment to the state department of health (department). Provides that the department shall distribute from the fund a grant-in-aid subsidy not to exceed $60,000 per county by which the jointly employed local health officer is employed that is to be applied to the local health officer's annual salary. Provides that certain costs associated with the fund when two counties are acting jointly must be prorated based on the populations of the participating counties. Provides that the department shall distribute the grant-in-aid subsidies from the fund on a schedule determined by the department. Sets requirements for the director of the division of public health for a health and hospital corporation and certain health officers. Removes: (1) confirmation for certain local health department personnel; and (2) approval of duties; by the local board of health. Specifies that a county executive or a city executive appoints a local health officer (current law states that the board of health appoints the local health officer). Specifies that the local health officer manages the local health department (current law provides that the board of health manages the local health department). Prohibits the establishment of any new second class city departments of health. Requires a multiple county board of health to submit recommendations for a local health officer to the county executives of each participating county and requires the county executives to appoint the local health officer. ... View more