SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any special law to the contrary, the Secretaries of Labor and Workforce Development, Energy and Environmental Affairs, Housing and Economic Development, Education, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Public Safety and Security shall adopt a framework of health and well-being consistent with the definitions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy People 2030 definitions and goals to advance equitable health and well-being among all residents of Massachusetts. Each Secretariat shall develop a plan to mitigate climate change and measure well-being, well-being adjusted life years, and other measures recommended by the National Committee of Health and Vital Statistics.
SECTION 2. Each Secretariat shall use well-being measures to: (a) develop and implement plans that contribute to mitigating climate change and advancing equitable health and well-being across the state overall; (b) identify improvement needs and equity gaps relevant to the mission of their Executive Office and of the state overall as it relates to climate change and equitable well-being; (c) guide assessments, decision making, evaluation of outcomes of programs and policies impacting climate change mitigation an equitable health and well-being at the state level. Each Secretariat shall conduct at least one public hearing to gather resident input in the development of these plans.
SECTION 3. Within one year of the effective date of this act, initial plans to meet the requirements of sections 1 and 2 of this bill shall be submitted by each Secretariat to the house clerk, senate clerk, and Joint Committee on Public Health. Annual reports, including relevant data, updates to the Secretariat’s plan, and progress and setbacks in meeting stated goals shall be provided to the house clerk, senate clerk, and Joint Committee on Public Health every year after this initial filing, with reports due by December 31st of each calendar year.
SECTION 4. Data, plans, and reports shall be shared with residents of the Commonwealth in a user-friendly format, including, but not limited to, on each Secretariat’s website, via public meetings held virtually or in communities across the Commonwealth, in social media posts, and in local and state newspapers.
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