From the Desk of
Ted Reed, Executive Director
California State Pipe Trades Council
Governor Signs Historic Bill Sponsored by California Pipe Trades Council
I am very pleased to report that on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008, the last night for the Governor to sign or veto legislation, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1473 authored by Senator Ron Calderon and sponsored by the California State Pipe Trades Council.
This landmark legislation ends a near 25-year battle by the Council to protect the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code published by IAPMO!!! SB 1473 re-establishes in statute that the UPC and the UMC are the only Model Codes to be used as the basis for the California Plumbing Code and the California Mechanical Code. This cannot be changed without the Legislature amending the statute!!!
Every three years for the past 24 years the Council and IAPMO have been forced to expend millions of dollars in legal fees and political capital fighting to protect the UPC and UMC. Despite a Republican administration and total control of the Building Standards Commission by the opposition, we were successful working behind the scenes to strike a deal with the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and the administration on this historic bill.
The victory did not come quickly or easily. The final version of the bill was the product of eight months of negotiations and intense lobbying.
We are very thankful for the help of our many friends in the Legislature, particularly President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, Senator Alex Padilla, and most notably, Senator Ron Calderon.
The signing of SB 1473 marks the second time in the past two years that the Council has been successful in resolving a long-standing legal/legislative issue. Last year the Governor signed AB 715, which protected the UA’s work and ended the waterless urinal fight.