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To the Editor:

More than 200,000 children throughout Wisconsin have lead poisoning, and 81 communities across Wisconsin have lead pipes feeding homes, businesses, daycares, and schools. It is important to stop lead from contaminating our drinking water as soon as possible! Senate Bill 48, the Leading on Lead Bill, was introduced to allow local communities to provide greater financial assistance to homeowners replacing lead pipes in their homes.

The Leading on Lead Bill is a very important solution towards removing the pipes that are pumping our children full of poisonous, lead-contaminated water. A recent study concluded that lead exposure produces behavioral dysfunction, which can also decrease academic performance. Drinking water that is contaminated with lead can also cause brain damage in young children. We have an opportunity to fix it, but we’re running short of time.

The bipartisan bill needs to be scheduled for a vote. Senator Devin LeMaheiu is not among the ten Republican co-sponsors of the bill. His support could be what makes or breaks this bill. With the recent propaganda from Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce (WMC) against this common sense reform, we have to work hard to make sure private interests don’t continue to allow our children to get poisoned.

Call Senator LeMaheiu today at 608-266-2056 and ask him to co-sponsor Senate Bill 48, the Leading on Lead Bill.

Anita Klein

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