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Collins' new law protects children against lead poisoning

lead water 080618SPRINGFIELD – In order to require officials to act faster and sooner to protect children against lead poisoning, State Senator Jacqueline Collins pushed for plans to update the state’s guidelines and procedures, which were signed into law today.

“When our communities face health hazards, we must act as soon as possible and according to the best practices,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “This brings Illinois in line with the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and puts the onus on our regulators to have plans in place to respond when we discover children may have been exposed to lead.”

The new law requires state regulators to adopt the most recent childhood blood lead level reference value from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in determining what is an “elevated” level of lead in the bloodstream, as well as the current requirements for the inspection of regulated facilities occupied by children based on that updated definition. It also updates any other existing rules that will assist the Department of Public Health in its efforts to prevent the dangerous health effects of lead poisoning among children.

The legislation was SB 2996. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

16th Senate District

Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions (Chairperson); Insurance; Transportation.

Biography: Full-time state legislator. Born December 10th in McComb, Mississippi. Studied journalism at Northwestern University; MA from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; MA in Human Services Administration from Spertus College; MA in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, June 2003. Former Emmy Award-nominated news editor at CBS-TV in Chicago, and 2001 Legislative Fellow with United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Associated Representatives:
Mary E. Flowers
André Thapedi