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Construction code approved

The state Senate approved a bill today amending the state Uniform Construction Code (UCC).

The state Senate approved a bill today amending the state Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Sen. Bob Regola (R-Westmoreland County) introduced Senate Bill 437 to erase a mandate in the UCC that requires new foundation and retaining walls in residences to be built with anchor bolts.

Anchor bolts are needed in homes in coastal areas and earthquake-prone areas, but not in Pennsylvania, Regola said in a written statement.

Anchor bolts can add $3,000 to the price of construction, Regola said.

The bill passed the House and the Senate and awaits a signature from Gov. Ed Rendell.

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