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Oregon committee OKs fluoridation bill

Associated Press

SALEM – A House panel approved a bill that would require major Oregon cities to fluoridate their water unless they lack the money to pay for the defense against tooth decay.

The measure backed Wednesday by the House Water Committee prohibits water suppliers from charging their customers or taxpayers for the fluoridation. There’s also no state money in the bill to aid local water systems.

Rep. Bob Jenson, R-Pendleton, the committee chairman, said local fluoridation should be required, but the state can’t afford to help pay the costs because of the tight budget.

The measure now goes to the full House. It is a revised version of a bill that would not have allowed municipalities to opt out.

Backers of the bill claim it accomplishes something by putting lawmakers on record as favoring fluoridation.

Lawmakers for decades have argued about requiring statewide fluoridation. Critics claim there are health risks from exposure to the chemical.

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