As a service to the industry, SFPA has posted the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s proposed design values for visually graded dimension lumber on its flagship website, SouthernPine.com.
Cities and counties would be restricted from forcing developers to pay local impact fees or paying for new roads and schools under a House bill filed Tuesday.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) requested an 8.9 percent increase in workers’ compensation rates. On October 11, the Office of Insurance (OIR) and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty held a hearing on the proposed rate increase with NCCI explaining the cost drivers for the increase.
According to former State Senator Carey Baker, next year’s Florida legislative session will focus heavily on doing away with the mindless regulations that are choking the business life out of the state. Over the last two decades, Florida has become more like California in its regulations and less like the old Sunshine State. Down through the years, Florida’s politicians decided they must be the all-knowing-protectors of the citizens by continuously adding one regulation on top of another; but, really, has it worked?
Step-by-Step Process Leads to New Design Values for Southern Pine and Other Species of Visually Graded Dimension Lumber
The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) does not test lumber or establish design values. SFPA markets lumber products and helps users understand Southern Pine grading rules and design values. “Our objective is to provide information helpful to our member producers and their customers,” said SFPA president Adrian Blocker. “We feel a summary of the process used to develop new design values will clarify many of the questions we have received.”
In a memo transmitted by email to ALSC members, alternates and interested parties, ALSC president Tom Searles announced that in addition to the hearing scheduled for today, a second hearing on reducing Southern Pine visual grade design values will be held in 60 days.