- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A state representative from Lewiston says a pair of bills would help prevent childhood lead poisoning in Maine.

Rep. Heidi Brooks, a Democrat, says the legislation would increase testing for lead in drinking water and lead paint in homes.

Brooks says one of the proposals requires testing of water at schools and childcare facilities that might have lead pipes within their water systems.

The other bill would encourage lead testing among families that have young children. It would also make drinking water tests free for some families.

The Lewiston-Auburn area has the most incidences in the state of children younger than 6 who have elevated blood lead levels. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is headed to the area next month to help address the problem.

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