(April 25) – The House gave initial approval this morning to a bill by Reps. Barbara McLachlan and Tony Exum Sr. to support testing for lead in public school drinking water.

“If a school has lead in its pipes, children can be affected mentally and physically for life,” said Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango. “This bill helps schools to test for lead, and prevent it from ever being an issue for Colorado students.”

“This is good policy to help monitor water safety in our schools,” said Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs. “There is no safe level of lead in drinking water for children and we’ve got to do everything we can to protect them.”

HB17-1306 authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to establish a grant program to test for lead in drinking water in public schools. The voluntary grant program would provide 90 percent of the funding and the receiving school district would contribute the remaining 10 percent of the cost. Priority would be given to the oldest elementary schools.

The bill continues to a third reading vote.

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