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HB 62: "An Act relating to construction, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire safety, and other safety codes adopted by state agencies and municipalities; and providing for an effective date."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 62                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to construction, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire safety, and other                              
02 safety codes adopted by state agencies and municipalities; and providing for an effective                               
03 date."                                                                                                                  
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1.  AS 18.60 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                 
06                    Article 14.  Miscellaneous Provisions.                                                             
07            Sec. 18.60.900.  Safety codes.  (a)  Unless otherwise required by federal law                              
08       and notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a state agency or municipality that                            
09       has the authority to adopt a safety code may not adopt all or part of a safety code                               
10       developed by a third party unless                                                                                 
11                 (1)  all deliberations related to development of the code by the third                                  
12       party were open to all interested parties and not limited to or qualified by a specific                           
13       professional status or occupational role; and                                                                     
14                 (2)  to the extent practicable, the code as developed by the third party                                
01       complies with the requirements and standards recommended by the American                                          
02       National Standards Institute and was developed by the third party through a consensus                             
03       process approved by the American National Standards Institute.                                                    
04            (b)  Unless otherwise required by federal law and notwithstanding any other                                  
05       law to the contrary, a safety code adopted by a state agency or municipality does not                             
06       take effect until three years after the code is adopted, unless the code specifies a later                        
07       date.                                                                                                             
08            (c)  In this section,                                                                                        
09                 (1)  "adopt" includes revision of a safety code;                                                        
10                 (2)  "safety code" means rules related to the construction standards,                                   
11       plumbing standards, mechanical standards, electrical standards, fire safety standards,                            
12       or any other procedures or requirements that relate to the safety of structures;                                  
13                 (3)  "state agency" includes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation;                                    
14                 (4)  "third party" means a person other than the state agency or                                        
15       municipality adopting the safety code.                                                                            
16    * Sec. 2.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
17 read:                                                                                                                   
18       RETROACTIVITY.  This Act is retroactive to January 1, 2000.                                                       
19    * Sec. 3.  This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).