Wisconsin has passed its first indoor air quality bill for public and private schools (Nov. 5, 2009) with the help of Wisconsin school mold activist Jeanne Black and her family.
With deepest gratitude to the Black family of Wisconsin, we are pleased to announce Wisconsin SB-41, passed, overwhelmingly, on November 5, 2009 by the state legislature. Jeanne Black and her family have worked to educate the state lawmakers about the problem of damp schools and school mold that permanently and severely damaged their daughter, Jade’s health, as she attended Darlington, WI schools. The Black family worked tirelessly for five years, with the educational support and advocacy of The Center for School Mold Help, to ensure that Wisconsin schools would one day be safe places to learn, a model for the nation. This path has been formally embarked upon, by the passage of SB 41. Governor Doyle will sign the bill into law, in December, 2009.
SMH will add media coverage and more about the bill over the coming days.
A note from Jeanne Black:
“Senate Bill 41 Indoor Air Quality in our public schools was voted into law on Nov 5th, 2009 by WI Assembly. WI now has its first indoor air quality law for public and private schools. Governor Doyle will be signing this into law December 2009. My family has been invited to the Governors office for the bill signing.”
We hope that this is an inspiration to parents and activists throughout the 50 states and beyond, that we need not tolerate a system that produces ill health – through education, there is power. With persistence, there are results. Share this law with your state legislators to see if they, too, can craft legislation to protect children in school environments. (SMH)
Senate Bill 41 – Indoor Air Quality – Schools
See also – Wisconsin Senate Bill 41 – relating to Indoor Environmental Quality (including mold) in public and private schools
Political Action Committee – NAA – files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer