2017 #coleg: HBl7-1306 (Test Lead In Public Schools’ Drinking Water) on its way to Appropriations

Roman lead pipe — Photo via the Science Museum

From 9News.com (Jessica Oh):

House Bill 1306 would establish a grant that would allow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to test the water at all public schools in the state for up to three years.

The bill passed 12-1 and now heads to appropriations.

Under the bill, the Department of Public Health and Environment would be allowed to spent up to $300,000 per year for testing, according to officials…

Representative Jim Wilson was the only “no” vote Monday afternoon. He cited efficiency concerns and felt the testing could be more practical.

“Make no mistake.. I’m definitely in favor of testing the water,” Rep. Wilson reiterated.

HB 1306 still has a long way to go starting with appropriations.

If passed, older schools will be a priority for lead testing, officials said. Elementary schools will also be a priority since younger children face a higher risk.

The grant will not cover charter schools, which fall under a different category.

To test your own water at home, you can find more information here.

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