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Oregon House Bill Rules Committee: Approve a Hearing for House Bill 3499

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Oregonians need assurance of healthy housing and don't want to discover any unnecessary surprises when it comes to purchasing a home.

My family purchased a home that we later discovered was contaminated with residue used to produce methamphetamine. This discovery was made after my family became ill and my two-year-old son couldn't even drink water because the pain in his mouth was so severe. A simple $50 test kit confirmed our suspicions, we were living in a former meth-lab.

According to Oregon disclosure laws, sellers are required to disclose if a property has been used to cook meth, but this law doesn't apply to foreclosures by banks who have no prior knowledge of the home's history. This information is not easily accessible to general home buyers. 

House Bill 3499 (http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2011/HB3499/) would provide home buyers with a warning (similiar to that of lead based paint and asbestos) prior to purchase that the home has not been tested for methamphetamine residue. This Bill is a simple inexpensive way for home buyers to be better informed before unknowingly placing their family's lives in danger. 

My family supports House Bill 3499 and any other effort to prevent future home buyers and families from experiencing the same nightmare we have faced. Please stand with us and agree to a hearing of this Bill. It literally could save an innocent life.

Due to the rise of foreclosures, the risks of former meth-labs being sold to innocent families for homes is increasing, and such Bills are necessary for prevention.



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