SB 1083 -- LEAD TESTING FOR CHILDREN
SPONSOR: Kennedy (Schaaf)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Health Care Policy by a vote of 11 to 0.
This bill makes changes to the laws regarding lead testing in
Currently, the Department of Health and Senior Services is
required to identify geographic areas in Missouri that are at
high risk for lead poisoning. All children who are six months of
age through six years of age who reside more than 10 hours a week
in these areas are required to be tested annually by the
department for lead poisoning. In addition, children six months
of age through six years of age who do not reside more than 10
hours a week in the high-risk areas are required to be assessed
through an annual questionnaire by the department to determine if
they are at high risk for lead poisoning. The bill changes the
age requirement to apply to all children less than six years of
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill makes technical changes
which are consistent with current departmental screening
practices for the presence of lead toxicity in children.
Testifying for the bill were Senator Kennedy; and Department of
Health and Senior Services.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Joseph Deering, Legislative Analyst