By Matt Kroschel

DENVER (CBS4) – A push to find funding for lead testing in schools across Colorado is on step further after it passed out of committee Monday at the state Capitol.

HB1306 passed out of the Educational Committee on a 12-1 vote.

If passed by lawmakers, it will free up grant money to foot the bill for school districts to test for lead in drinking water.

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Seven of the state’s largest school districts already are testing for lead but the money will allow financially challenged smaller districts to also get the testing completed.

The grant would cover 90 percent while each school district would need to come up with the other 10 percent.

Clean water advocates, doctors and some school administrators spoke in favor of the bill.

The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.