• After cleaning 229 lead-contaminated housing units in Lewiston and Auburn, programs here are out of money. The cities’ renewal application was denied last fall; they’ll try again this year.

• A bill in front of the Legislature would create a lead-prevention education fund by taxing businesses that contribute to the problem. Manufacturers – paint makers, solder suppliers – would pay an unspecified fee at the wholesale level for product coming into Maine. It’s done in California. Public hearing for LD 1034 is Tuesday at 1 p.m.

• A second bill would beef up consumer disclosure and open landlords and home sellers to lawsuits if they violate the Lead Poisoning Control Act and a renter or buyer’s child becomes lead-poisoned. Public hearing for LD 1532 is Thursday at 1 p.m.


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