LANSING — A package of bills designed to identify, prevent and treat lead exposures was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives this month by Representative Sarah Anthony (D – Lansing).
As part of the roll out of the bill package, Representative Anthony stated, “When it comes to environmental toxins, like lead, we need evidence-based policy. This package will provide lead screenings for those most likely to be affected and establish procedures to limit accidental exposure, for instance, notifying families when they purchase an older home. The package updates the definitions of lead exposure in accordance with current federal standards. It also takes a proactive approach to treating children who’ve already been exposed. It is a moral crime to continue to allow the people of our state to be exposed to this toxic material. We need to pass this legislation as soon as possible.”
The bills come as Michigan has faced increasing awareness of lead exposure caused by aging and outdated infrastructure. In 2015, the Flint Water Crisis made national news and led to charges against then Governor Rick Snyder. Recently, Governor Whitmer took decisive action to address lead exposure in the city of Benton Harbor. In addition, numerous cities still use lead lines for water.
Bills in the package also include requirements for medical professionals to receive training in how to treat lead exposure, update codes for renovators and support pre-renovation education programs.
The bills have not yet received a hearing in the House of Representatives.