Dempsey to chair House panel on child lead exposure

State Rep. Katie Dempsey will chair the bipartisan House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure. The appointment was made Friday by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. Other members are Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates; Rep. Matthew Gambill, R-Cartersville; Rep. Mesha Mainor, D-Atlanta; and Rep. Mark Newton, R-Augusta. Dempsey, who heads the House human services budget subcommittee, has long advocated for ways to head off societal problems rooted in childhood illness, deprivation or trauma.

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