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                                 SENATE BILL 6495



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By Senators Thorsness, Williams, Sutherland and Saling


Read first time 02/06/92.  Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.Requiring a study of the building code by the building code council, to address simplification for residential housing.

     AN ACT Relating to a study of the state building code; creating new sections; and making an appropriation.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The legislature finds that a lack of affordable housing is caused by many factors and that simplifying the procedures for constructing housing that meets adequate standards will help to increase the amount of affordable housing in the state.  The legislature further finds that the state building code council should contribute toward making relevant building codes more understandable and accessible for the general public.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      By December 15, 1992, the state building code council shall study and report to the legislature on methods to simplify and clarify state building codes pertaining to residential construction, with an emphasis on reducing the time and expense required to construct or modify residential housing.  The study shall include recommendations for legislative action.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      The sum of forty thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the biennium ending June 30, 1993, from the general fund to the state building code council for the purposes of the study under section 2 of this act.