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February 3, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(5):322. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920230046016

The Committee on Legislation of the American Medical Association met jointly with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on January 22 in Washington, D. C., and considered pending legislation. The Priest Bill, H.R. 274, which amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize assistance to the states and political subdivisions in the development and maintenance of local public health units, particularly in national defense areas, received particular consideration. The president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, Dr. Roy L. Cleere, met with the committees of the American Medical Association to discuss this bill. Congressman Priest also discussed the bill and indicated his favorable reactions to several changes that were suggested. After careful consideration of all aspects of this legislation, the Committee on Legislation and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees unanimously approved H.R. 274 and other similar health units bills now pending, with