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Bateman Bill to Help Homeowners Remove Lead, Asbestos Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would help owners address dangerous lead and asbestos in their homes cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman would provide gross income tax deductions for homeowners paying to remediate lead in water and other health-threatening toxins. (Pixabay)

“For the health of residents, it is crucial to mitigate the risks of lead and asbestos in the home, but hazard abatement is costly,” said Bateman (R-16). “This bill will make it easier for homeowners to do the right thing and have trained professionals remediate toxins and carcinogens from their property ensuring a healthy environment for current and future residents of the property.”

Bateman’s bill (S-1411) would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $25,000 from gross income for lead paint and asbestos abatement expenses, the cost of replacing water lines that contain lead.

“These unhealthy issues can still be found in homes across the state. Lead can contribute to behavioral and learning issues and slowed growth in children, problems for pregnant women, and cardiac and blood pressure issues in adults,” said Bateman. “Exposure to asbestos has been linked to lung cancer and other serious conditions. This bill will help eradicate these silent threats from our communities.”

The Assembly version of the bill, A-1841, was approved in March with a vote of 73-0.

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