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Testimony: Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Amendment Act of 2019

November 18, 2019

Children’s Law Center testified in support of B23-407, the Lead Hazard Prevention and Elimination Amendment Act of 2019. 

Through our Healthy Together program, Children’s Law Center represents hundreds of families every year in getting their landlords to repair housing code violations, including lead-based paint hazards, that threaten the health of the children living in the home. Lead exposure from paint dust or peeling paint can permanently disrupt a child’s growth and learning. No amount of lead is safe for a child. As a result, kids who are exposed to lead—even children who are exposed when their mom is pregnant—often struggle in school and can’t reach their potential in the workplace.

CLC special counsel Buck Logan shared how the proposed bill would provide important new protections against lead-based hazards in rental housing in the District and help prevent devasting harm to children from lead poisoning. He noted how the proposed bill would introduce strong enforcement rules, ensuring DC landlords proactively manage lead threats and preventing lead exposure in the first place.

Read his full testimony here.