Posted June 24, 201912:12 pm
The goal of the legislation is to reduce the number of children exposed to the toxic metal. Lead poisoning can impair a child's neurological and mental development and can affect a child's kidneys and reproductive systems. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of paint containing lead but children can come in contact with it in older homes.
The committee met at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Friday, June 21, as a part of the Lead Safe Home Summit, a program sponsored by United Way of Greater Cleveland to hear from national and local experts about how lead safe housing can be achieved. There is no expectation that a home can be made lead free.
The legislation also increases the registration fee paid by landlords from $35 to $70 per unit, capping the annual fee a single owner would pay at $30,000, if many units are owned.