Greetings esteemed members,

The King County Medical Society Board of Directors has officially endorsed proposed legislation that would require testing drinking water for potentially hazardous lead levels in schools statewide.

The legislation proposed by Rep. Gerry Pollett (D-Seattle) is a critical public health issue that ties directly into the work we launched last year with our WSMA resolution and lead testing initiative with Public Health Seattle and King County.

Op-Ed: Test all Washington schools for lead in water

Unfortunately,  Rep. Pollett cannot get a hearing right now because of all the other legislative priorities.  If his legislation is not passed out of committee or transferred to another committee by February 22nd, the bill will die for this session.

We are encouraging all of our members to email or call their representatives and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, chair of the House Education Committee, and urge them to pass HB 1860 and protect our children.

You can find contact information for your legislator here.

-Josh Kerns – Director of Communications and Marketing/King County Medical Society