ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- A fund to prevent lead poisoning, often used since 2004 to aid budget balancing, would gain $10 million via a bill that has been approved by an Assembly panel, according to NJ Spotlight.
The legislation was sent to the full Assembly by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Thursday vote and if it is approved, the state Senate, which agreed to legislation that is similar in June, would need to again vote on it, says NJ Spotlight.
The Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund was established in 2004 to prevent childhood lead poisoning, which harms the brain, lessens IQ, and results in learning and behavioral problems for life, according to the report.
And while $77 million to $154 million was slated for the fund up to June, just $23.3 million actually went into it, the report says.
"This is not an issue about quality of life. It’s an issue literally of life itself," Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, D-Bergen, who voted to approve the bill, said in the report.
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