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As the legislative session came to a close, only six of 34 Colorado State Senators voted against a measure to provide funds for public schools to test for lead in their drinking water. One of those who opposed HB 1307 was our very own Sen. Tom Neville. This despite the fact that two of the three school systems in his district, Gilpin and Boulder County School Districts, haven't completed such testing.
It seems that he is representing the lunatic fringe, opposing government in any fashion. This bill doesn't mandate testing, but it does provide funds for testing. Many older schools do indeed have plumbing systems that contain lead. Is there perhaps new "science" that says lead is not harmful? Or is Neville simply unwilling to advocate for the health and safety of children in his district? How horribly shortsighted. Doesn't he recognize the cost of serving children and adults who may suffer the permanent, debilitating effects of lead poisoning?
Soon, the Governor will sign this bill, and hopefully Gilpin & Boulder County Schools will avail themselves of the opportunity to test their water for lead.Your children will be safer for it, but you won't have Senator Neville to thank for this.
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