State Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-Fairfield, urged colleagues on the environment committee to support her bill placing a temporary moratorium on construction of state-funded artificial turf athletic fields.

The committee passed the legislation, in a 21-11 vote.

Fawcett afterward acknowledged the proposal, which now heads to the public health committee, is a mostly symbolic statement of lawmakers’ concerns the crumbled tires that cushion the fields are harmful to human health and the environment.

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