Senate Bill 2300, which aims to protect children against lead exposure, just passed in the Illinois Senate. The measure prevents the sale and resale of properties with high lead levels, according to a press release.
“. . . Research shows [lead exposure] negatively impacts children in classrooms and is cited as one of the causes of violence and aggression among youth,” the statement read.
“Illinois cannot afford to wait for lead poisoning to become a statewide epidemic before it takes action,” said Senator Donne E. Trotter, the chief sponsor of the bill. “Far too many families are affected with lead toxins in their homes and it is our job to protect them and their children.”
Currently, federal law requires a property owner or seller to inform new tenants and/or buyers of known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before most sales or leases. The Chicago Defender is seeking clarity on how this new bill will affect homes with lead-based service lines as reported in our exposé titled “Lead In Chicago’s Water” which appeared in print and online May 4, 2016.
Senate Bill 2300 was co-sponsored by Senators Mattie Hunter, Jacqueline Y. Collins, Ira Silverstein and Napoleon Harris, III. Stay tuned for this developing story.