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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 15, 2022 03:54 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Clarifying the Plumbing System Lead Ban
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation based on recommendations from the Joint State Government Commission’s report Lead Exposure Risks and Responses in Pennsylvania providing for the creation, and distribution, of educational materials.
This legislation would put educational material on lead exposure and its risks into the hands of those who most need them. We know that lead is a highly toxic metal and that, according to the CDC, there is no safe level of lead in the human bloodstream. Additionally, the report states that “exposure to lead-based paint is the primary cause of lead poisoning and a much wider-spread area of risk than public drinking water systems.”
I feel that educational awareness is the key to preventing unnecessary exposure to lead. Therefore, specifically, my legislation would direct the Department of Education to develop educational material to be provided to the parent or guardian of newborns by their caregivers, as well as to the consumers at retail outlets that sell plumbing, paint, or other supplies for the removal of paint. Consumer education is key in preventing lead exposure, and you cannot take steps to prevent lead poisoning if you are unaware of those risks.
This measure was previously co-sponsored by Senators Baker, Browne, Martin, Yaw, and Yudichak.
I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB109