Legislative Alert: Maryland Lawmakers Seek to Limit Wood Construction

Two identical bills were recently introduced in the State of Maryland (HB 1311/SB 722) that seek to severely curtail the use of conventional light-frame construction in multifamily and light-commercial buildings. Additionally, the bills would require buildings that do use conventional light-frame construction to use a 'Fire Watch’ warden to monitor the building 24 hours a day.

Obviously, these measures threaten the livelihood of our members operating in the Maryland market. The House bill was scheduled to have its first hearing tomorrow, March 7, but the hearing has been postponed until March 14 at 1:00 pm.

SBCA will continue to monitor this issue and provide updates if there appears to be any forward movement on this legislation. If any of our readers has information about this issue, please let us know. In addition, if any SBCA member has local fire service, building official or legislative contacts in Maryland that SBCA staff could reach out to, please let us know and we’ll initiate these conversations.

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