NEMA ei June 2017 - 20
Michael L. Belitzky
Manager, State Government
State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off
iligence by NEMA and local grassroots efforts
to promote three-year adoption cycles for
national model building codes paid off in Florida,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington.
NEMA members, field representatives, and State
Government Relations staff collaborated to see
these efforts through to fruition.
These states, which previously had adopted threeyear cycles, were poised to pass legislation delaying
code adoption in response to input from the
construction industry that the constant updating
of codes is burdensome.
As a result of an outpouring of opposition by
NEMA, the International Code Council (ICC), the
insurance industry, and advocates for fire safety,
lawmakers decided to go back to the drawing board
and work with stakeholders on compromises.
In Florida, NEMA helped to create a coalition with
other, like-minded stakeholders such as the ICC.
IAEI IS MORE THAN
We asserted that the state's current code adoption
process achieves the goal of requiring buildings,
homes, and other occupancies to the meet
minimum standards for electrical, fire, life safety,
and energy efficiency.
We have continued to work with the homebuilders
and legislators for final language for Oklahoma's
SB 283, which would remove references to code
adoption cycle delays while keeping intact
language related to training and other topics.
South Carolina's six-year code adoption cycle bill
is identical to last year's bill. It failed to pass out
of the Senate by the crossover deadline, thereby
ensuring its defeat this session.
In Washington, NEMA opposed SB 5500, a
six-year code cycle bill. The Local Government
Committee agreed that a six-year cycle was not in
the best interests of the state and did not hear the
bill nor bring it up for action in committee. ei
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