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2021 House Bill 1139: Taking action to address lead in drinking water
Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 12, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 11, 2021
Requires public and private elementary and secondary schools with buildings built, or with all plumbing replaced, before 2016, to have drinking water outlets tested for lead contamination to: communicate test results and other information; and take specified actions if test results reveal lead concentrations that exceed 5 parts per billion.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 15, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 19, 2021
Requires the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct lead testing of drinking water in public elementary and secondary schools by specified deadlines and according to stated technical requirements. Designates the DOH, rather than community water systems, as the principal agency in regard to lead testing, remediation, and other actions at elementary and secondary schools.
Amendment offered by Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) on March 4, 2021
: (1) Modifies provisions related to public posting of lead test results to require that test results be published no later than the time that the proposed school action plan is adopted, rather within 30 days after receipt. (2) Revises the content of the annual communication so that it no longer includes the statement "that even small amounts of lead can be harmful" nor a comparison of lead test results with specified thresholds, and instead includes information about the school's plan for remedial action. (3) Specifies that the annual communication is not required if initial testing, or once postremediation testing, does not detect an elevated lead level at any drinking water outlet.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2021
Received in the Senate on March 6, 2021
Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on March 6, 2021
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 22, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Lisa Wellman (Mercer Island) (D) on April 11, 2021
(1) Requires a school's governing body to adopt, rather than develop and adopt, a school action plan under specified circumstances. (2) Delays the deadline for school action plan adoption from January 2, 2022, to March 31, 2022, with respect to unremediated lead test results received between July 1, 2014, and the effective date of the bill. (3) Permits a school's governing body to adopt an update to an existing school action plan, rather than adopting a new school action plan, in order to address additional lead test results that reveal elevated lead levels at drinking water outlets, coordinate remediation activities at multiple buildings, or adjust the schedule of remediation activities. (4) Makes the school rather than the school's governing body responsible for specified requirements including providing public notice and opportunity to comment on the school action plan; posting on a public website the most recent lead test results; and, under certain circumstances, communicating with the public water system. (5) Specifies that significant contribution by a public water system must be documented.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 11, 2021
Received in the House on April 14, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 3, 2021

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