State Cracks Down on Lead Dangers

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Landlords who rent a house or apartment they know has lead-based paint soon could be looking at jail time.

During a ceremony Tuesday in Detroit, Governor Granholm signed three bills aimed at helping control lead-based paint hazards.

One of the new laws sets a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail and a $5,000 fine for landlords convicted of knowingly leasing a rental unit with a lead-based paint hazard.

Another creates the Lead Safe Housing Registry to list residences and facilities where lead-based paint hazards have been eliminated or controlled temporarily.

The other new law creates a nine-member Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Commission to review the state's lead poisoning prevention efforts.