Isaacson to host Policy Committee hearing on proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act Tuesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., will bring the House Democratic Policy Committee to her legislative district to discuss her H.B. 79, the proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, 19106. The media and public are invited to attend.

Isaacson requested the hearing to generate discussion on her bill that would require all Pennsylvania children to be tested for lead. Stakeholders will provide their thoughts and concerns to the committee.

She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is:    

     2 p.m.           Welcome and opening remarks

     2:10 p.m.      Dr. Loren Robinson

                          Deputy secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

                          Pennsylvania Department of Health

      2:40 p.m.     Panel One:

  • Rachel Kaminski, member, Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia
  • Colleen McCauley, health policy director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

      3:20 p.m.     Panel Two:

  • Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt, medical director, The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • George Gould, senior attorney, Community Legal Services

      4 p.m.        Closing remarks    

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