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Rep. Tom Kuhn: Lead testing measure a crucial step toward protecting children’s health
RELEASE|September 22, 2023
Contact: Tom Kuhn

In a commitment to safeguard the health of Michigan’s youngest citizens, State Rep. Tom Kuhn supported the passage of Senate Bill 31 and House Bill 4200. The bills, which require lead screenings for minors and incorporate the results into their immunization records, garnered widespread and bipartisan support.

“Lead poisoning is a grave concern in Michigan, and these bills will make a profound impact on our state’s children,” said Kuhn, of Troy. “By detecting lead exposure early on, we can initiate timely solutions and ultimately prevent the devastating long-term effects of lead toxicity.

“The safety and well-being of Michigan’s children are paramount. By passing SB 31 and HB 4200, we’re taking proactive steps to protect our future generations from the dangers of lead poisoning. It’s a critical move towards a healthier, safer Michigan for children.”

Lead, which was commonly used in paint, gasoline, and plumbing pipes and fixtures for decades before being banned by the U.S. in 1978, can have severe and irreversible effects on children.

“These bills are a testament to our commitment in the Legislature to child health and safety,” said Kuhn, who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “Early screenings will undoubtedly lead to swifter, more effective solutions.”

 SB 31 and HB 4200 now head to the governor’s desk for final consideration.

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