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SF 447

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/03/2017 09:09am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; lowering the blood lead level that constitutes an elevated blood
lead level in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act;amending Minnesota Statutes
2016, section 144.9501, subdivision 9.

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

Section 1. new text beginLEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.
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new text begin (a) In the 2014 report, The Economic Burden of the Environment on Two Childhood
Diseases: Asthma and Lead Poisoning in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health
found:
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new text begin (1) there is no safe level of exposure to lead;
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new text begin (2) elevated blood lead levels in young children are associated with adverse health effects,
including learning impairments, behavioral problems, and death when blood lead levels are
very high;
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new text begin (3) children in poverty are at greater risk for lead poisoning; and
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new text begin (4) younger children are at greater risk for lead poisoning because their bodies absorb
lead more easily and their brains are still developing.
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new text begin (b) Based on the findings in the 2014 report, the legislature finds that to protect the
public health and the health of young children, it is necessary to lower the blood lead level
that constitutes an elevated blood lead level under the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and
establish that a level greater than zero micrograms of lead per deciliter of whole blood in
any person constitutes an elevated blood lead level.
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Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144.9501, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Elevated blood lead level.

"Elevated blood lead level" means a diagnostic
blood lead test with a result that is deleted text beginequal to ordeleted text end greater than deleted text begintendeleted text endnew text begin zeronew text end micrograms of lead per
deciliter of whole blood in any persondeleted text begin, unless the commissioner finds that a lower
concentration is necessary to protect public health
deleted text end.