SPRINGFIELD – Illinois water utilities would have to replace all plumbing lines, and schools across the state would have to adhere to new standards for sex education curricula included in the bill presented to the General Assembly on Friday.
The proposed law on notification of lead service line replacement would, according to a press release, “require water utilities nationwide to replace all lead service lines and create a low-income water aid program to fund grants and water projects, including lead line replacement.” Adoption of the bill.
“Lead service lines are a health threat that is poisoning our children, undermining our residents’ trust in our city government, and costing billions of dollars,” Senator Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said in a statement.
“This is a workable and equitable way that all cities in Illinois must address an issue that we know is most damaging to black and Latin American communities.”
The bill was passed by the Senate and is going back into the house to allow its members to vote on changes made since leaving that chamber.
State Senator Melinda Bush in 2016. Santiago Covarrubias / Sun-Times-File
After heated debate, the House of Representatives passed laws that would change the state’s sex education curriculum to include “comprehensive personal health and safety education in kindergarten through 5th grade and extensive sexual health education in 6th grade. up to 12th grade are offered in all public schools “.