In a commitment to safeguard the health of Michigan’s youngest citizens, State Rep. Tom Kuhn supported the passage of Senate Bill 31 and House Bill 4200. The bills, which require lead screenings for minors and incorporate the results into their immunization records, garnered widespread and bipartisan support.
“Lead poisoning is a grave concern in Michigan, and these bills will make a profound impact on our state’s children,” said Kuhn, of Troy. “By detecting lead exposure early on, we can initiate timely solutions and ultimately prevent the devastating long-term effects of lead toxicity.
“The safety and well-being of Michigan’s children are paramount. By passing SB 31 and HB 4200, we’re taking proactive steps to protect our future generations from the dangers of lead poisoning. It’s a critical move towards a healthier, safer Michigan for children.”
Lead, which was commonly used in paint, gasoline, and plumbing pipes and fixtures for decades before being banned by the U.S. in 1978, can have severe and irreversible effects on children.
“These bills are a testament to our commitment in the Legislature to child health and safety,” said Kuhn, who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “Early screenings will undoubtedly lead to swifter, more effective solutions.”
SB 31 and HB 4200 now head to the governor’s desk for final consideration.
State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”