Proposal Would Delay R.I. Lead Paint Law Implementation Until Nov.

June 24, 2005

A compromise worked out by a Rhode Island state Senate committee would push implementation of the state’s new lead paint law back to Nov. 1.

The Committee on Health and Human Services this week approved the plan to delay the law, which is scheduled to go into effect July 1. The House has already approved a plan to delay the bill until Dec. 31, and the changes will have to be approved by the full Senate and in the House.

Committee Chairwoman Elizabeth Roberts, D-Cranston, said the Nov. 1 compromise seems to have broad support, as does a change to exempt landlords of 4-family, owner occupied homes from the regulations. Two-family owner-occupied houses were already exempt.

Still, Sen. Rhoda Perry, D-Providence, a member of the committee, was cautious.

“It’s not over yet. Many things can still happen,” she said.

The new regulations require landlords of properties built before 1978 to take steps to prevent tenants from being exposed to lead hazards. The law requires landlords to take a lead awareness class, have units inspected when tenants change, and ensure there is no chipping paint or conditions that could create lead dust.

The new bill also exempts seasonal rentals and apartments rented to college students and the elderly.

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