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Panel Clears Bateman Bill to Help Homeowners Mitigate Lead, Asbestos

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to help owners remedy dangerous lead and asbestos in their homes was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The owners of homes with lead or asbestos contamination would be helped by legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (©iStock)

“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,” said Bateman (R-16). “For the health of residents, it is crucial to mitigate the risks of lead and asbestos in the home, but hazard abatement is costly.”

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.

“Exposure to asbestos has been linked to lung cancer and other serious conditions. This bill will help eradicate these silent threats from our communities,” Bateman said. “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.”

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