Tuesday, the Vermont House unanimously passed the Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill, H.736.
“This bill is a win for our most vulnerable population of Vermonters, children,” said Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), chair of the House Committee on Human Services.
According to a media release, in 2016, over 600 children were permanently poisoned by lead in Vermont.
The damage can be prevented by ensuring children are not exposed to lead-based paint – the primary paint used prior to 1978.
Currently, lead paint regulations are split between the state and federal government.
House leaders say the bill will enable Vermonters to be better protect children by creating a single, simple standard for contractors and landowners.
“As we work for a healthier more prosperous state, this bill provides simplified regulations and the prospect of a healthier environment for our children,” added Pugh.
“Protecting the health and wellbeing of the future generations of Vermont is a priority of this legislature,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero).
“This bill takes immediate steps to provide resources for future initiatives that will better the health of Vermont children. By taking the fees that contractors and professional painters already pay to the federal government and reinvesting them in Vermont for education and outreach about lead poisoning in children, we are taking a strong step forward. This law is supported by the regulated community as well as those who advocate for children’s health, making it a win-win for all.”