Legislative

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

The Ohio Supreme resolved a longsimmering conflict among Ohio's intermediate appellate courts by essentially ruling that CGL insurers have no duty to defend or indemnify builders for construction defect claims.

During the past year, the National Labor Relations Board has begun chipping away at the employment at-will doctrine. 

If precedent and the calendar hold, this week's delay in consideration of new design values for visually graded Southern pine could mean that mills and consumers won't have to deal with the effects of any changes until July 2013 or even later.

In a letter submitted to ALSC's Board of Review, SPIB announced it was withdrawing its submission of proposed lumber design values for the remaining grades and species of visually-graded Southern Pine lumber.

The Senate unanimously passed the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (H.R.4850), which now must go back to the House for approval before going to the White House for enactment.

The Anchorage Assembly approved a proposal  to allow some home builders to hire independent engineers to sign off on structural plans, bypassing the city building department.

The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), a group comprised of governors and state lawmakers, was considering a resolution to recommend adoption of the 2012 IECC (energy code) and any subsequent updates.

SBCA is in the process of analyzing the proposed design values and will provide updated span tables and substitution charts comparing the old (Pre-June 2012) SP values to the new, preliminary (Fall 2012) values.

SFPA issued the following press release yesterday with regard to the Southern Pine design values SPIB submitted to the ALSC's Board of Review.