Legislature weighs measure to limit kids’ exposure to lead

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Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at limiting children’s exposure to lead in toys, jewelry and other items.

The bill was the subject of testimony at a committee hearing Thursday. It would ban the sale of lead in vehicle wheel weights, cosmetics and plumbing fixtures, too.

Katy Farber, a Middlesex teacher, told the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee she keeps tabs on what she lets her two young daughters play with. But she was alarmed when she found out that bibs they’d worn had been recalled because of lead.

Nancy Cowles is executive director of Kids in Danger. That’s a group focuses on child safety. She says more than 100 children’s products were recalled last year for lead contamination.

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