- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire House has passed a bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning.

The bill would require blood testing for lead in all children age 2 and under and would lower the threshold at which the state must carry out tests of an apartment to determine whether landlords must remove lead hazards. The bill also provides $6 million in loan guarantees for property owners for abatement projects.

Lead paint was banned in 1978, but hazards remain in states with old housing stock like New Hampshire. Members of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition say lawmakers are making important progress to reduce the long-term harm caused by lead.

The bill, which has the backing of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, now goes back to the Senate.

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