Children who have been poisoned by lead paint in unsafe housing should not be harmed again by unfair settlement agreements stripping them of the monetary benefit awarded them by a judge or jury (“Protecting Baltimore’s lead paint victims,” Aug. 28).
The legislation that I will introduce in Annapolis next January will require that these agreements be submitted to a judge in the jurisdiction where the child lived — where a judge is likely to be familiar with the harm caused by lead paint.
In addition, a disclosure statement must be submitted to the judge outlining the terms of the settlement agreement and affirming that the family of the child has received independent professional advice about the proposed agreement.
Del. Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg, Baltimore
The writer, a Democrat, represents District 41, Baltimore City, in the Maryland House of Delegates.