House approves Rep. Voas’ lead hazard mitigation bill


            STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today passed legislation (2023-H 5946A) sponsored by Rep. Brandon T. Voas (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) which would require lead hazard mitigation for more pre-1978 rental dwelling units.

            “The dangers of lead, especially to children, are well-known and non-debatable, which makes the fact that kids are still being poisoned by lead in Rhode Island all the more frustrating.  This bill eliminates a loop hole that has allowed lead to persist in our state’s housing stock which will protect current and future children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” said Representative Voas.

            The legislation removes the exemption from owner occupied two- or three-unit homes, allowing the state to enforce the Lead Hazard Mitigation Act.  This act would take effect on January 1, 2024.

            The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) has introduced the legislation (2023-S 0656A).  Senator Acosta’s bill was approved by the Senate earlier this week.