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State Policy Databases

Several organizations have recently launched websites that assist in state-level legislation and policies research. NACDD is pleased to provide an overview of these databases to our membership.


If you are aware of additional resources of this nature, please send the web address to Janna Zwerner (

CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)
The centralized database for state HDSP policies also contains an annotated bibliography of state HDSP policy and activity sources and a complementary mapping application so that users of the database can also map the policies based on selected criteria. This function allows the user to see a visual representation of the policies nationwide with the ability to copy or print maps for other uses.

CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA)
The DNPA database allows users to search bill information related to nutrition and/or physical activity from all 50 states from 2001 to the present. Users can search on bill focus, topic, year, state, and bill status, as well as performing full text searches.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
NASBE has an online collection of state school health policies that include legal codes, rules, standards, administrative orders, mandates, and resolutions, and guidance documents.

National Cancer Institute’s State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD)
The SCLD contains more than 6,000 abstracts of enacted laws and adopted resolutions addressing cancer, genetics, health disparities, and tobacco control.  The database is searchable by various fields, including state, topical keyword, and enacted or effective date of legislation.

Office on Smoking and Health, NCCDPHP
The State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System is an electronic data warehouse containing up-to-date and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control.  Main topics in the STATE System include:  Behaviors, Demographics, Economics, Funding, Health Consequences and Costs, and Legislation.

School Nutrition Association (SNA)
The School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association) database is searchable by state, statute name, or by choosing from 26 topics searched in the body of state school meal/child nutrition legislation.

Tobacco-Free Kids
Find information on smoke-free laws, state tobacco taxes, and prevention and cessation programs at the state and local levels.

National Councils