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Our purpose is to improve and maintain a positive image of the building industry and to represent the interests of the affiliated associations by maintaining constructive involvement in government and regulatory affairs in order to meet the housing needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its residents.
Proposed Fire Sprinklers in One and Two-Family Homes
The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on November 20th held a more than three hour long hearing on fire safety legislation. The HBRAMA was well- represented by a panel consisting of Attorney Ben Fierro, Harry Smith, and Bill Ward of WB Construction who testified in opposition of House Bill No. 2121, An Act Relative To Enhanced Fire Protection In New One And Two Family Dwellings. This legislation would amend G.L. c. 148, § 26J to require the installation of automatic sprinklers in new or substantially rehabilitated one and two-family dwellings, subject to local acceptance. HBRAMA also expressed its opposition to House Bill No. 2123, An Act To Prevent Deaths By Fire, as well as House Bill No. 2129, An Act To Prevent Deaths By Fire. These bills would mandate the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all newly constructed one and two-family homes in the commonwealth. Read more>>
MA DEP Meeting with Commissioner Kimmel
Representatives of the Governmental Affairs Committee's Title 5 Issues Group met on October 30 with MA DEP Commission Ken Kimmell, as well as other MA DEP Leadership to discuss potential areas for improvement with Title 5 of the State Environmental Code, 310 CMR 15.000. Among the issues discussed were: potential revision to the design flow standards which have not been modified to reflect water-saving devices; the potential for allowing systems having a design flow of in excess of 10,000 gpd to be regulated under Title 5 as opposed to being currently regulated under the MA DEP Groundwater Discharge Permit Program, and system mounding and groundwater offsets. It is hoped that further discussion of these matters with the MA DEP will continue over the coming months. Read More>>
Hearings Held on Proposed Chapter 40B Legislation
Attorney Brian Levey with Rep. Kevin Honan at the State House 40B Hearing
The Joint Committee on Housing held a hearing on October 22, 2013 to take up over 30 separate bills related to Chapter 40B. The HBRAMA is strongly opposed to any proposed legislation designed to weaken the Affordable Housing Law under Chapter 40B, and Ben Fierro, Esq., along with Brian Levey, Esq.and Gary Ruping of Ruping Builders formed a very strong panel which testified against these anti-Chapter 40B bills.