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Friday, November 6, 2015

 1:10 PM 

Lead testing bill clears Senate

The Senate approved along party lines legislation to create an exemption to some lead testing requirements in doing certain renovations.

Lead paint is particularly an issue in Milwaukee, and Dem Sen. Lena Taylor said 40 percent of houses in her home city have lead paint. She also noted the impact on children who ingest lead paint, which can lead to developmental problems, among other things.

“You support life, just not the life of little black kids in Milwaukee who are being poisoned?” Taylor said. “Tell the truth.”

But bill sponsor Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, said the proposed exemption would kick in only when renovators assume there is lead present in the home and proceeds “with the highest level of abatement.” Because they are operating under the assumption lead is in the home, Lazich said, there is no need to do testing on top of that.

“What this bill really does is it allows more money to do the lead abatement rather than tying it up with lead abatement testing,” Lazich said.

The bill passed 17-14. See the roll call here.


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