Committee rejects motion to allow help for replacing water service lines containing lead

The committee rejected 12-4 a Dem motion that would have authorized public water utilities to provide financial assistance to private property owners looking to replace water service lines that contain lead.
The proposal is identical to standalone legislation now pending before both houses of the Legislature.
But Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, said lawmakers should act with urgency on the issue, which exploded into the national consciousness following problems in Flint, Mich.
“We can’t afford to wait another minute for our child to have the bright future and the health they deserve,”...

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