SB 41/AB 76: Right to Know About Lead in Drinking Water at Rental Properties

This bill is:
Pro-Conservation

Date Introduced:
February 14, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Water

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Bill Description

Wisconsinites have a right to know if the water coming out of their taps is safe to drink. Currently, renters have no way to know if lead is contaminating their drinking water before committing to a lease. Children with even low levels of lead in their blood can suffer profound and permanent health problems including damage to brain development. SB 41 & AB 76 would require landlords to test for lead in their properties’ drinking water and notify the residents of the result. If those tests indicated the presence of lead, landlords would be required to provide information about the associated health risks.

Current Status

SB 41 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance, Housing, and Trade. AB 76 was introduced and referred to Assembly Committee on Housing and Real Estate. Both bills are available to be scheduled for a public hearing.

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Awaiting Action

Senate:  Awaiting Action

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Citizen Action Needed