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House Passes Grant Program for Building Code Enforcement



Legislation that would provide awards to local governments to establish and enforce building safety and fire prevention codes was approved on July 9 by the U.S. House of Representatives.


Legislation that would provide awards to local governments to establish and enforce building safety and fire prevention codes was approved on July 9 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Community Building Code Administration Grant (CBCAG) Act, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), will help communities across the country adopt and administer building codes.

CBCAG funds would be used to recruit, hire, train and equip “First Preventers,” building and fire safety officials who prevent harm by ensuring compliance with safety codes before disasters occur.

“This legislation provides desperately needed resources to many vulnerable communities that do not have the trained personnel or tools to translate safety codes into proper compliance,” says Rick Weiland, CEO of the International Code Council.

The bill now goes to the Senate. The measure is expected to be referred to the Banking Committee where the Senate’s version of the bill is being considered.

The Banking Committee could act on the House or Senate version of the bill before it passes out of committee and goes to the full Senate for a vote.



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