State Affairs and Government
Lead Hazard Mitigation
§ 42-128.1-2 Legislative findings.
The general assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Rhode Island's rental housing stock is older and lead
hazards are widespread;
(2) There has been an insufficient level of lead hazard
abatement in Rhode Island's rental housing stock;
(3) Children in Rhode Island, especially in older urban
communities, have been victims of lead poisoning at disproportionately high
(4) During the 1990's meeting department of health lead
hazard abatement standards has ranged between seven thousand dollars ($7,000)
and fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) per unit;
(5) The combination of the high cost of meeting the abatement
standards and the system of incentives available for rental property owners in
Rhode Island resulted in few properties being improved to state standards as a
consequence of voluntary activity by property owners; and
(6) The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has
promulgated regulations for lead hazard control that apply to housing that is
federally assisted and require inspections with dust testing.
History of Section.
(P.L. 2002, ch. 187, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 188, § 3.)