Mo. House Votes to Relax Lead-Paint Regulations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has passed legislation relaxing state regulations on contractors who remove lead-based paint. The House's 94-59 vote Thursday came after some Democrats warned the bill could jeopardize children's health.
Three of the most vocal advocates for the bill are lawmakers who work as painters and drywall contractors. Republican House members Andrew Koenig of St. Louis County, Kurt Bahr of O'Fallon and Rick Brattin of Harrisonville all cited their expertise while arguing for the bill. They said Missouri's regulations are driving up business costs and leading homeowners to handle old lead paint themselves, potentially putting more people at risk.
Bahr abstained from voting on the bill. Koenig and Brattin both voted for it. The legislation now goes to the Senate.