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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 16, 2019 03:16 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Lead-Free Rental Housing Registration

Senate Resolution 33 of 2017 called for the Pennsylvania Senate to establish a bipartisan task force on lead that was charged with investigating the scope of the commonwealth’s lead-exposure problem, particularly as it relates to lead in drinking water. Specifically, SR 33 required the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of Pennsylvania’s laws, regulations, and policies concerning lead exposure, testing, abatement and remediation. The review also included an assessment of the age of housing and infrastructure, lead exposure threats, and the prevalence of lead in structures in which children spend significant time.

Recently, the review by the Task Force has concluded and the Advisory Committee has released several recommended changes to Pennsylvania’s laws and regulations. As a member of the task force, I will soon be introducing one of the suggestions which would establish a statewide rental housing registry of certified lead-free homes. Additionally, my bill would prohibit an owner of a residential rental unit from renting to a household with a child under the age of six years in age unless the property has been certified as lead free in regards to paint and drinking water.

I feel that this bill is essential to help protect the health, safety and welfare of Pennsylvania’s residents and I hope that you will join me by co-sponsoring this legislation.