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Bateman Budget Resolution to Fund Christie’s Proposal to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

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Sen. Bateman will introduce a budget resolution to add $10 million to the FY 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination. (Pixabay)

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.

“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”

In March, Senator Bateman proposed a budget resolution and prepared legislation for introduction dedicating $20 million of underutilized monies from the Clean Energy Fund for lead abatement. Senate Democrats later joined Senator Bateman in this effort, incorporating his proposed funding mechanism in plans to test and remediate drinking water in schools.

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