Senators Seek Action From Baltimore On Lead Paint

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore senators want to hold $17.5 million planned for a youth prison until Baltimore City leaders say how they will pay millions of dollars in settlements in lead paint lawsuits.

Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, is drafting an amendment to the state’s capital budget which would withhold the money for the city until it lays out a plan to pay $12 million to victims of lead poisoning.

Pugh and other state lawmakers representing Baltimore said they are angry they have not gotten a response from the city on how it would pay the $12 million. Baltimore’s housing commissioner has previously said the city does not have the money to pay the multiple judgments.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • sheriff willie

    If the city is guilt of lead poisoning, then they should cut a check for $300 to each family past & present living within the city limits. It’s not enough to be parenting for these baby hatchers but now since it can travel in the air, in dust airborne means besides eating it, then the city has to pay. Bankrupting the agency is not the answer. Responsible parenting along with the Housing authority making sure these homes are habitable is one answer. This whole charade smells of Lawyer-ism 101.
    How about the authorities that signed off on these homes years ago, make them third parties to the suit. Sue everybody. Saiontz & Kirk will love it. Angelos law firm will have a go also.

  • pigeon

    I knew you wouldn’t let me air my comments, whomever you are “editing” remarks. Who do you have or know in Annapolis or Angelo’s office?

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