WASHINGTON–Legislation designed to encourage communities toestablish and enforce strong building codes by offering federalgrants to do so was introduced in both the House and Senateyesterday.

The legislation would establish a Community Building CodeAdministration Grant Program, which would provide awards to localgovernments for building code administration and enforcement. Itwas introduced as HR 4461 in the House by Rep. Dennis Moore,D-Kan., and as S. 2458 in the Senate by Sen. Mary Landrieu,D-La.

“As co-chair of the Congressional Hazards Caucus, I'm well awareof the damaging effects that natural disasters can have on ourcommunities,” said Rep. Moore.

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