SENATE, No. 1881

By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1881) of Richard T. Moore for legislation relative to the enforcement of state building codes. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the Year Two Thousand and Seven.


AN ACT relative to the enforcement of state building codes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding and law, rule or regulation to the contrary, there is hereby established a commission consisting of the house and senate chairs of the committees on housing and urban development, public safety, one member of the minority from the house appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives and one member of the minority party in the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate, the commissioners of the departments of housing and community development, and public safety, the administrator of the school building assistance bureau, the chairman of the state board of buildings regulations and standards, and the following persons, appointed by the governor, a representative of the building trades, a representative of the sprinkler fitters union, a representative from the Boston society of architects, an individual representing licensed building inspectors and an individual representing general contractors.

Said commission shall make an investigation and study of the enforcement and application of the state building code where any state funds, grants, bonds or other sources of finance are involved in the construction, planning or design of a building which will have a municipal or residential function or purpose. The commission shall focus its investigation on determining whether the state building code is being properly adhered to in such construction and design and whether any buildings are currently occupied in violation of the state building code and whether licensed building inspectors are properly certified in accordance with state law. The commission shall also investigate the adequacy of or the need for automatic sprinklers in such municipal or residential buildings.  Said commission shall report its findings, together with drafts of legislation, if any, necessary to implement such recommendations, by filing the same with the Clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The commission shall file its final report on or before the last Wednesday in December 2008.