As Lead In Children Persists, Rep. Lesser Is Seeking Legislation To Find A Solution

March 15, 2018

With Connecticut children testing positive for lead at consistently high numbers, and millions of dollars thrown at the problem with little results, Rep. Matthew Lesser, the House chairman of the Banking Committee, has introduced legislation aimed at seeking a solution.

Lesser’s committee is considering legislation, House Bill No. 5403, that would create a task force to study better ways to finance the removal of the toxin from thousands of homes around the state. The task force would also investigate how to enforce abatement measures, including rental property inspections, and look into increasing workforce training in the specialized process needed to remove lead.

Connecticut Health I-Team News Reporter Jenifer Frank has been following the issue closely. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) numbers from 2015, the latest available, show more than 72,000 children under the age of 6 testing positive for some level of lead in their blood, Frank reports. More than 900 children were at levels two to four times the baseline at which a child is considered poisoned. Significant gaps in screening across the state mean those numbers could be even higher. The health disparities for lead poisoning among races and between Hispanic and non-Hispanic ethnicities remain, according to DPH.

For more details, read this story by Frank.