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Proposed Oregon Senate Bill 871: Requiring Lead-Based Paint Survey Before Demolition

There is a proposed Senate Bill for Oregon to require a lead paint-based paint survey prior to a building demolition. 

If SB871 passes it means that buildings must be surveyed for lead paint, in addition to the already required asbestos survey before being demolished.  This information would then be available to the public by request.

In short, if you are living next to a building scheduled for demolition, you have the right to know if there is asbestos in that building. With the passing of SB871, you will have the right to know if there is lead paint in that building too. 

Listed below are the bill sponsors who are waiting to hear from you. Each name is linked to their email. Please take a moment to let them know that you support this important legislation. 

Oregon Senate Bill 871

Summary

Makes changes to program requiring asbestos survey to have been conducted before demolishing residence or residential building. Creates program requiring lead-based paint survey to have been conducted before demolishing residence or residential building. Becomes operative January 1, 2018. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-0)
Status: Introduced on February 28 2017 – 25% progression
Action: 2017-03-02 – Referred to Environment and Natural Resources.
Pending: Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Title

Relating to demolitions; prescribing an effective date.

Sponsors

History

Date Chamber Action
2017-03-02 Senate Referred to Environment and Natural Resources.
2017-02-28 Senate Introduction and first reading. Referred to President’s desk.

Oregon State Sources

Rep. Ellison Introduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act | Congressman Keith Ellison

WASHINGTON—Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act (H.R. 3237) today, which will support communities striving towards zero waste by establishing a grant program that funds the infrastructure, technology, and community outreach needed to achieve it.

“Preventing waste and diverting  it from our landfills means a healthier environment and a  more sustainable economy,” Rep. Ellison said. “Zero Waste is about preventing waste at the source and reusing the rest. It’s also about creating local jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and using our limited resources wisely.”

via Rep. Ellison Introduces Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act | Congressman Keith Ellison.

New state law offers hope of revitalizing longstanding urban blight | al.com

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State Senator Linda Coleman.

“There are people who would develop or rehabilitate some of these old, historic houses if they can get ownership of some of these properties,” Coleman said.

Under the new rules, the state will waive its lien and transfer the state’s interest to the new local land banks.

Local governments may then offer the property to entities for redevelopment. The new law also expands notification provisions for property owners who are still allowed to redeem their properties if they pay the back taxes.

Coleman stressed that the law was not designed to take away an owner’s property, but to put long abandoned land back to productive use.

Coleman and city officials said the provision opens several possibilities for Birmingham, including residential redevelopment and economic development.

“Economic development people are already trying to assemble sites for people who want to come here. The problem is you’ve got a piece in the middle with no clear title to it. This whole current process caused blight. This was always the missing piece because the process was too cumbersome.”

via New state law offers hope of revitalizing longstanding urban blight | al.com.