February 8, 2018
Sheila Vargas, New Futures Public Relations Director
GOVERNOR SUNUNU SIGNS SB 247 INTO LAW ADDING LONG AWAITED PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD GRANITE STATE CHILDREN AGAINST LEAD POISONING
CLAREMONT, N.H. – Members of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition were proud to join Governor Christopher Sununu this morning as he signed Senate Bill 247 into law, increasing safeguards to better protect Granite State children from the threat of lead poisoning.
Senate Bill 247, which passed the House and Senate earlier this year, mandates universal blood testing for 1 and 2 year-olds and lowers the action level that triggers response by the state, among other provisions.
Coalition members issued the following statements after the Governor's signing:
"This is the most comprehensive step New Hampshire has taken combatting childhood lead poisoning from paint and water, something that is robbing the full potential from our children, our families, and our economy," said Sen. Dan Feltes, the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 247. "It is an honor to be here today with leaders of both parties, with advocates, and with parents as we see this finally become law."
“This critically important legislation will ensure far more kids get the protection they deserve from the ongoing threat of childhood lead poisoning,” said Tom Irwin, Director of the New Hampshire office of the Conservation Law Foundation. “We’re grateful for the many stakeholders who worked so hard to secure this achievement, and for the strong support of Governor Sununu and legislative leaders like Senator Feltes and Representatives Byron and Kurk.”
"It was truly gratifying to see the surge of grassroots support and the broad bi-partisan effort to better protect New Hampshire's children from the dangers of lead poisoning." said Elliott Berry, Director of the Housing Justice Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
“New Futures applauds Governor Sununu for signing SB 247 into law and putting the wellbeing of children and families first,” said Jake Berry, Vice President of Policy at New Futures. “Now that SB 247 is law, New Hampshire joins the rest of New England in taking important steps in safeguarding our children.”
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