RELEASE: Senate Passes Final Version of Legislation to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed legislation to significantly increase protections for children who are exposed to lead in paint and drinking water. Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), prime sponsor of the legislation, offered the following comments after the bipartisan Senate vote:

“Today’s vote is the culmination of many months of bipartisan work by many committed stakeholders. I’m proud that we were able to come together to make this happen to protect our kids from the lifelong effects of lead exposure. Each year, several hundred children in New Hampshire test positive with dangerous levels of lead in their blood,” said Senator Feltes. “We know that there is no safe level of lead exposure for kids, and that even low levels of exposure can cause irreversible damage, including lowered IQs, attention-related behavioral disorders, and poor academic achievement.”

“Protecting our children is our most basic responsibility. SB 247 focuses on lead poisoning prevention by increased testing, disclosures, and through modernization of our safety standards, addressing both lead in paint and lead in water. This bipartisan effort will save money in the long-run, help close the opportunity gap between low-income and upper-income children, and help combat a major public health problem. I’m glad we were able to come together to protect our children.”