A committee of Philadelphia City Council has passed a package of bills aimed at protecting against lead poisoning, sending them before the full Council for a vote.
Two of the bills approved by the Committee on Public Health and Human Services Wednesday would mandate testing for lead at in-home day-care facilities and testing of water in public schools. A third bill would require landlords provide information to tenants on the potential of lead poisoning from water. More information on the legislation can be found here.
The bills were introduced in June, before the Inquirer and Daily News reported on the high rates at which Philadelphia children are poisoned by lead and the failures by government to address the danger. The report was the first installment of the series "Toxic City."
The legislation could be voted on by the full Council as soon as Dec. 1.