The House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure held an informational hearing Wednesday on the dangers of exposure by young children, and learned about a program sponsored by the Department of Education that provides grants for districts to test for lead inside the schools. The committee, chaired by State Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) has held two previous meetings, and another one is planned for October 21.

In previous meetings, experts talked about the dangers of lead exposure, especially by children at a young age. According to testimony, children exposed to lead at a young age are at higher risk for physical, mental and behavioral problems as adults. And some children are more at risk than others. 

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