SB 0454 Modifies the law relating to lead abatement
LR Number:1331S.02C Fiscal Note:1331-02
Committee:Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health
Last Action:05/16/03 - 002 S Calendar S Bills for Perfection w/SCS Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 454
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SCS/SB 454 - This act allows the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services to levy fines pursuant to Sections 701.300 to 701.348. All fines shall be deposited into the Public Health Services Fund.

Any lead abatement contractor that fails to notify the Department prior to starting a lead abatement project will be fined one thousand dollars for the first identified offense, two thousand dollars for the second identified offense, and thereafter fines will be double for each identified offense. Once the abatement has been completed, the lead abatement contractor must submit written notification and the final clearance inspection report to the Department.

The Director shall require the posting of a bond for lead abatement contractors. Licensees or applicants for licensure must provide evidence of their ability to indemnify any person that may suffer damage from lead-based paint activities to which they may be liable. The licensee or applicant for licensure may provide proof of liability insurance or a surety bond in an amount to be determined by the Department, which shall not be less than $300,000 dollars.

Local community organizations, government agencies, and quasi-government agencies that issue grants or loans for lead abatement projects must provide written notification to the Department no later than ten days prior to the onset of a project. The failure to provide written notification will result in a fine of $250 dollars.

In emergency situations, the community organization, government agency, or quasi-government agency must notify the Department within twenty-four hours of the onset of a lead abatement project and provide written notification to the Department within five days.

The Director shall promulgate rules and regulations for the development of educational materials that licensed lead abatement contractors can provide to property owners. The educational materials shall explain the rights and responsibilities of the property owner and the lead abatement contractor.

Current law specifies that any violation of Sections 701.308, 701.309, 701.310, 701.311 and 701.316 is a Class A misdemeanor. New language states that any subsequent violation of these sections will be a Class D felony.