Assembly passes code consistency bill sponsored by East Providence Rep. Kazarian

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PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday, July 3, creating a Code Consistency Council, which will be charged with examining the state fire, building, elevator and other related codes for consistency.

The companion bills, which now head to the governor’s desk for a signature, establish a 16-member council with the state fire marshal and the Rhode Island building code commissioner serving as co-chairpersons. The panel will meet regularly and present its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by March 31, 2014.

“Small business owners in this state have spoken loud and clear about the obstacles standing in the way of economic development, and one of their major points has been that there are onerous codes and regulations that make the process too difficult for entrepreneurs,” said Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence), primary sponsor of the House bill (2013-H 6323).

“This council is the answer to that problem,” she continued. “This panel’s sole responsibility will be to look at our building and fire codes so we can identify and eradicate overlapping, contradictory, inconsistent and extraneous language. I’m pleased my colleagues have supported the bill and I look forward to seeing its contribution to Rhode Island’s economic progress.”

Sen. Paul W. Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Glocester, Burrillville, North Smithfield) sponsors the Senate companion (2013-S 0761A). Representatives Agostinho F. Silva (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) and Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) cosponsor the House bill.

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