"It's not about the issue itself and the need to do the testing," she said. "It's about the cost and how we're going to pay for that."
Lobbyists with the Department of Public Health expressed concern with the quick turnaround for testing required by the bill. Currently, the department deals primarily with residential buildings, so school buildings would likely entail new standards, they said.
A bill being considered by the House would instead require testing to take place by June 30, 2025.