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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