Senator Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, addresses his colleagues on the Senate floor.

28 Jun: Rice Bill To Fund Lead Hazard Control Program Approved In Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would make a supplemental appropriation of $10 million to the Department of Community Affairs for the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 24-9.

“In 2003, I stood up to a Governor from my own party to establish the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund, because I recognize that this issue is having a catastrophic effect on children, particularly in my community and older areas of the State where lead paint may still be present,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Since it has been in place, the Lead Hazard fund has helped families remediate lead-based paint and has helped them make their homes safer for children. I cannot stand idly by while Governor Christie dismantles this program which has made such a difference in the lives of people I represent.”