Updates: State Legislative Action Impacting Energy Efficiency

Editor’s Note: Below are updates provided by the American Chemistry Council and ASHRAE on recent state legislative action affecting energy efficiency and/or the building code.

Florida: Florida legislators adjourned the 2018 session on March 11. Florida House Bill 299, which would have made major changes to the state's Building Commission, was indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration as the session ended. Governor Rick Scott (R), who does not possess a pocket veto, has 15 days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

Iowa: The Iowa Senate rejected consideration of SF 2380 (formerly SSB 3138) which sought to amend the building energy code adoption process by giving an advisory council the power to amend, rollback, or gut the state code through a simple majority vote. ACC led a coalition in opposition.

New Hampshire: HB 1254 passed the House and establishes a committee to study the procedures for state adoption of national building codes, including the IECC. The committee may solicit information and testimony from any individual, agency, or organization deemed relevant to the study. The committee must report its findings and recommendations for proposed legislation to the Legislature and the governor by 2018.