Florida Senate - 2021 SB 834 By Senator Cruz 18-00440A-21 2021834__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to drinking water in public schools; 3 providing legislative findings; requiring the Office 4 of Program Policy Analysis and Government 5 Accountability (OPPAGA) to conduct a study of the 6 prevalence and effects of lead in drinking water in 7 public schools; specifying the information that must 8 be included in the study; requiring OPPAGA to consult 9 with district school boards, district boards, and 10 other interested entities; requiring OPPAGA to submit 11 the study to the Governor and the Legislature by a 12 specified date; providing for future repeal; providing 13 an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. (1) The Legislature finds that: 18 (a) The adverse health effects of lead exposure in children 19 and adults are well documented and no safe blood-lead level in 20 children has been identified; 21 (b) Lead accumulates in the body and can be ingested from 22 various sources, including water sources used for drinking, food 23 preparation, or cooking; and 24 (c) All sources of lead should be controlled or eliminated 25 to prevent childhood lead poisoning. 26 (2) The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government 27 Accountability (OPPAGA) shall conduct a study of the prevalence 28 and effects of lead in drinking water in public schools. 29 (3) The study must include all of the following 30 information: 31 (a) The effects of lead on the health, growth, and mental 32 development of children. 33 (b) The financial impact on the state due to the effects of 34 lead on the health, growth, and mental development of children. 35 (c) How much each school district is affected by lead in 36 school drinking water arranged by most affected to least 37 affected. 38 (d) The cost to maintain the lead pipes currently used by 39 public schools, including pipes that use lead in solder. 40 (e) The cost for the state to provide point of use water 41 filters certified by the American National Standards Institute 42 to reduce lead. 43 (4) In conducting the study, OPPAGA shall consult with 44 district school boards, district boards as defined in s. 45 153.52(3), Florida Statutes, and other interested entities. 46 (5) OPPAGA shall submit the study to the Governor, the 47 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 48 Representatives by January 1, 2022. 49 (6) This act shall stand repealed on June 30, 2022, unless 50 reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 51 Legislature. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.