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Iowa Legislators Introduce Multiple Pieces of Legislation about Radon

by Margaret Henderson

Several bills introduced in the Iowa Legislature in the 2019 session addresses radon abatement for real property and public school testing and abatement.

Abatement Systems

House File 628 was introduced on March 6, 2019, as an Act relating to radon abatement systems and radon testing at the time of transfer of real property. The bill requires radon abatement system installation in certain instances and states conditions for testing that are mandatory. The bill has been read the first time and referred to the Committee on Commerce. See the bill language at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=HF628

Radon Testing in Schools

House File 349, which is the same as House File 755, and House File 673 which is similar to both other bills have been filed to address radon in schools.

HF 349 relates to public school testing for radon. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=HF349 The Committee on Education passed the amended version March 4, 2019.

A similar bill, House File 673 https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF%20673&ga=88
notes fiscal impacts estimated to cost the Department of Public Health $25,000 to upgrade its existing licensing database. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/1040505.pdf

The Committee on Appropriations recommended passaged on March 27, 2019.

House File 755 also concerns testing for radon in schools. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF%20755&ga=88

Fiscal impact notes House File 755 is estimated to cost the Department of Public Health $25,000 to upgrade its existing licensing database. The statewide cost estimate for initial radon testing for public schools is approximately $350,000. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/1042518.pdf

The bill was placed on appropriations calendar. An amendment has been filed. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF%20755&ga=88

For technical information about radon in Iowa, contact:

Iowa Department of Health
Radon Program
1-800-383-5992