Bill to test children for lead poisoning passes Nebraska State Senate
OMAHA, Nebraska: A bill introduced by Senator Brenda Council that would require children to be checked for lead poisoning before entering kindergarten passed its first approval vote 29-9. If enacted, the bill would require parents to either prove their child has been tested for lead, or provide certification from the child's doctor that states the child hasn't been exposed to various risk factors for lead poisoning.
Council stressed the problems that lead can cause. "Elevated blood levels have unequivocally been associated with reduced intelligence, academic failure, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities," she said. "Indeed, there is a direct correlation between elevated blood lead levels in the developing child and lower IQs."