Legislative

SBCA recommends that all component manufacturers consider customizing and sending out SBCA’s template letter to all customers, potential customer, specifiers and building officials, disseminating it through every communication channel you can.

The International Code Council (ICC) has issued a response SBCA’s May 10th letter, indicating it was taking essentially a “hands off” position with respect to implementation of lumber design value changes.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dalton vetoed a measure (Senate File 1717) that would have prevented the adoption of building code provisions requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in new and existing single-family homes.

SBCA has drafted an engineering policy regarding the transition to lowered Southern Pine lumber design values effective June 1, 2012, and has sent a letter to the ICC requesting their plan of action.

Federal jobsite inspectors are paying visits to home construction sites throughout the Houston area, handing out massive fines to workers found without the required protection from falls.

Analyzing court actions blocking a rule that would have forced most U.S. employers to post a notice of employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

SBCA has submitted a letter to ALSC requesting further information regarding Southern Pine lumber monitoring data previously collected by SPIB. 

The Senate on April 24 rejected a resolution (S. J. Res. 36) that would have blocked a new federal rule put forth by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to accelerate the union representation process.

On April 27, 2012, ALSC issued a memorandum containing a summary of a legal analysis of its procedures regarding evaluation of design values and other related matters. 

The ALSC Board of Review met on April 18, 2012, and appear to be in support of a proposed MSU study of regional variation in Southern Pine lumber properties. They also affirmed that SPIB's recommendations for design value changes will remain on the approval track.