Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1093

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

Vote Date

2/27/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Finance

PH Date:

2/22/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill was requested by the Department of Public Safety.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

LEONARD C. BOYLE, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety, State of Connecticut. Section 1 deletes references to the now obsolete Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA) which has joined with another code group and formed the International Code Council (ICC). Section 2 makes a technical change to the education fee to be assessed by the State Building Inspector, changing the current wording from “four percent” by which the educational fee can increase in any one calendar year to “four cents”. The four percent designation makes it difficult to calculate an education fee that is less than a whole number and DPS believes the original wording in the statute was erroneously stated. Without this change in the statute, the code training and educational fund will run a deficit for which the state will be liable. Sections 6 and 7 delete references to mayors, wardens, or first selectmen acting as building inspectors. The current language leads to confusion and potentially illegal enforcement of the provisions of the code by unlicensed persons.

JAMES D. McGAUGHEY, Executive Director, Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, State of Connecticut. The Office is concerned with the accessibility provisions of the Building Code and believes the bill, as currently drafted, represents a fair balance of accessibility requirements with economic realities and ever evolving building technologies. The office would be concerned with any attempt to amend the bill with language that would weaken or supersede the accessibility requirements of the Code itself.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Matthew Gianquinto and Madeline Grabinski

Date: 3/14/2007