Bylaws and Governance
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The Massachusetts Appeals Court dismisses Cumberland Farms, Inc.’s argument that “Jazz” cigars are not flavored tobacco products, and affirms the Yarmouth Board of Health’s suspension of the store’s tobacco sales permit
Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
Massachusetts Boards of Health are responsible under general laws, state and local regulations, for disease prevention and control, health and environmental protection, and promoting a healthy community.
COVID-19 -- Legal BOH Guidance from the Massachusetts Association of Health Board
We will be posting guidance’s and recommendations for common legal public health questions that we have been receiving. Please click on the following link to view our latest set of guidance’s and recommendations.
COVID- 19 - Health-Related BOH Guidance from the Masschusetts Association of Health Boards
We will be posting guidance’s and recommendations for common health-related questions that we have been receiving. Please click on the following link to view our latest set of guidance’s and recommendations.
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News & Announcements
The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it is preparing to distribute up to $502 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to local cities and towns for eligible costs related to the COVID-19 response effort. The Administration is also providing guidance to local municipalities on this formal distribution process and establishing protocols to maximize the use of federal resources and promote compliance with federal restrictions. To read more, please go to
State Action for Public Health Excellence (SAPHE)
Please Advocate for HD2682/SD922 by Representatives Kane and Garlick & Senator Lewis
There will be three opportunities to attend. Attend one or more. Different simultaneous educational tracks in Taunton and Marlborough provide an opportunity to attend both sessions with different content. The session in Northampton will be only one track. Sessions will be held on October 17th at the Blue Bonnet’s Event Room in Northampton, on November 7th at the Holiday Inn in Taunton and on November 14th, at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough. The program is currently being developed. However you may download the 2019 program as an example.
February 27, 2020 NEW - SAMPLE REGULATION RESTRICTING THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS Due to the new tobacco law, local Boards of Health should review their current tobacco regulations and adopt new regulations or bylaws as required. Please review the sample...
Conflict of Interest Law Questions and Answers As a member of a municipal board of health, even if you are unpaid and serve solely in an advisory capacity, you are considered a municipal employee and are covered by the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. The...
Massachusetts Municipal Public Health Shared Services Program New DPH Grant Opportunity! For a copy on the original email notification to MAHB Newsletter Subscribers CLICK HERE for original email Questions Due Date: February 14, 2020, 4:00PM to Ron.Oconnor@state.ma.us...
JANUARY 18, 2020. The legal handbook is undergoing a final review and will be available shortly. We are currently adding sections explaining the new tobacco law "An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control" passed on December 11, 2019. Check back soon for the next update.