COLUMBUS — Toledo’s mayor is encouraging Ohio lawmakers not to block local efforts to address lead paint hazards in homes.
The Blade reports Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson spoke to a House subcommittee this week as legislators consider a proposal giving the state sole authority over lead abatement and limiting cities’ ability to set their own rules.
Hicks-Hudson says the proposal by Republican State Rep. Derek Merrin is “poorly drafted and is bad policy.”
Toledo passed a lead ordinance in August mandating inspections for rental properties built before 1978.
Hicks-Hudson says a delay in implementation “dooms more children” to lead poisoning.
Some committee members say smaller districts would not be able to implement a lead policy. Hicks-Hudson says Toledo could be a “testing ground” for how lead policy works on a local level.