The Republican-controlled House is on the verge of approving a bill that would subject children to unnecessary invasive testing, violate parental rights, and bail out a protected class of property owners - all in the name of public health!
SB 247 is a bill that's supposed to be about remediating lead contamination. It not only falls short in that effort, but threatens to put these policies into New Hampshire law:
- The bill would require that all New Hampshire children be subjected to a blood test at age 1 and again at age 2 to detect lead levels - even if that child lives in a recently-built structure without lead paint, even if that child lives in a place with safe water.
- The bill has an "opt-out" clause for parents - but decisions about medical care and monitoring for children should be made by parents on an opt-in basis.
- The bill bars school enrollment to children who have not been tested twice (subject to parental opt-out), despite the fact that those children pose no risk of infection to other students.
- The bill establishes a fund to help landlords remediate lead contamination in their properties, but provides NO assistance to families owning and living in affected buildings nor financially compensate those landlords who took the initiative to do remediation on their own.
Sign the petition to tell Republican House leadership that New Hampshire families will not let the legislature force them to surrender parental rights and give landlords a bailout, all in the name of "health."