Lawmakers Consider Bill Requiring Radon Tests

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have begun discussing a bill requiring radon testing in schools across the state.

Members of a Senate education subcommittee approved the measure Tuesday on a two-to-one vote, with the two Democrats voting in favor and the one Republican opposing the legislation. It now goes to the full Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

The bill would require school districts to carry out radon testing in all buildings where students and teachers are regularly present by June 30, 2016. School boards must then address the situation if high radon levels are found.

Democratic Sen. Tod Bowman, who chairs the committee, says the bill is a work in progress. He says funding sources for the mandated testing will be addressed in future amendments.

Similar legislation is being considered in the House.

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