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Illegal Drug Laboratory Property And Certification

Concerning property used to illegally manufacture drugs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

Under current law, the department of public health and environment (department) certifies people who assess, decontaminate, or sample property that contained illegal drug laboratories. The bill adds a requirement that the department inspect the work of each certified person at least once every 3 years. If the department determines that a certified person failed to perform an assessment, decontamination, or sampling correctly, the department is directed to require the person to participate in remedial education or, if the failure was willful and is likely to be repeated, the department shall decertify the person.

The bill requires the department to create a public database of buildings that have been used as illegal drug laboratories. A building must be removed from the database 5 years after the property has been decontaminated.

Upon discovering an illegal drug laboratory that manufactured methamphetamine on residential property, a law enforcement agency and a certified industrial hygienist are required to notify the department of public health and environment (department) of the fact. Current law creates a warranty of habitability that authorizes a tenant to void a lease if the property is not habitable. The bill adds to the warranty a failure to remediate residential property that has been used as an illegal drug laboratory to make methamphetamine .To implement the act, $106,798 is appropriated to the department from the general fund.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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