A Baltimore city councilman says he plans to ask federal officials to help force the city’s housing authority into paying one of the court-ordered lead poisoning judgments against it.
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.
Victims of lead paint poisoning successfully sue the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, but they aren’t getting the money a jury awarded.
Baltimore’s housing authority is facing nine court judgments totaling nearly $12 million from lawsuits filed by people exposed to lead paint in the city’s public housing.
Maryland’s health department is investigating why records documenting lead poisoning among children in the state were destroyed.
Right now, there are young children living in city houses tainted with lead paint facing serious health dangers.
Maryland officials say a Baltimore landlord has been ordered to report to jail for failing to fix lead-paint poisoning hazards in his rental units.