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SF 1561

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/17/2017 08:41am

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring lead testing of water in public school buildings;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 145.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[145.943] LEAD TESTING.

Subdivision 1.

Required plan.

(a) The commissioners of health and education shall
jointly develop a model plan to require school districts to accurately and efficiently test for
the presence of lead in water in public school buildings serving students in kindergarten
through grade 12. To the extent possible, the commissioners shall base the plan on the
standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

(b) School districts must adopt the commissioners' model plan or develop an alternative
plan to accurately and efficiently test for the presence of lead in water in public school
buildings serving students in kindergarten through grade 12. The plan must include a testing
schedule that requires testing for all occupied buildings where there is a source of water
that may be consumed for the presence of lead in water every year for the first three years
and every five years thereafter.

Subd. 2.

Lead testing and remediation.

A school district may include lead testing as
a part of its ten-year facility plan under section 123B.595, subdivision 4. If a school district
receives authority to use long-term facilities maintenance revenue to conduct lead testing,
the district shall conduct the testing according to the lead testing plan developed by the
commissioners of health and education.

A school district that finds the presence of lead in any water source that can provide
water for consumption must either remediate that water source or shut the water source off.

Subd. 3.

Reporting.

A school district that has tested its buildings for the presence of
lead shall make the results of the testing available to the public for review and must notify
parents of the availability of the information.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2018 and later.

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