An Act To Strengthen the Lead Poisoning Control Act
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, immediately amending the Lead Poisoning Control Act is required to ensure the safety of children; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1314-A, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 810, §1, is amended to read:
§ 1314-A. Goal
The goal of the State in the area of lead poisoning is to eradicate childhood lead poisoning by the year 2010 2030 through the elimination of potential sources of environmental lead. By January 1, 1997 2025, the department shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over human resource health and human services matters regarding progress made toward this goal. The report must include any recommendations the department may have to revise the goal, along with any necessary legislation.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §1317-D, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 683, §3 and affected by §10, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §1322-E, sub-§3, ¶F, as amended by PL 2007, c. 628, Pt. A, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §1322-E, sub-§3, ¶G, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 628, Pt. A, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §1322-E, sub-§3, ¶H is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 22 MRSA §1322-F, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 403, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention 0143
Initiative: Makes permanent 5 limited-period Environmental Specialist III positions previously continued in Public Law 2017, chapter 284 through June 19, 2021 and provides funding for related All Other costs.
|FUND FOR A HEALTHY MAINE||2019-20||2020-21|
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|FUND FOR A HEALTHY MAINE TOTAL||$1,048,574||$1,076,410|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
1. Changes the year for the State's goal to eradicate childhood lead poisoning from 2010 to 2030 and requires that a report on progress toward meeting that goal be submitted to the Legislature by January 1, 2025;
2. Requires that all Maine children be tested for unsafe exposure to lead at one year of age and 2 years of age;
3. Increases the lead poisoning prevention fee from 25¢ to 50¢ per gallon of paint and allows up to 50% of the fee to be used for mandated dwelling inspections and mandated orders to remove lead hazards; and
4. Makes permanent 5 Environmental Specialist III positions created in 2015 and necessary to the operation of the lead poisoning risk assessment and blood lead level testing program.