Thursday, April 18, 2024

Rep. Keith Goehner appointed to State Building Code Council

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Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, has been appointed to the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) by House Speaker Laurie Jinkins. Goehner, who serves as the ranking Republican on the House Local Government Committee will represent the House Republican Caucus on the council.

"Working on the Local Government Committee, and serving as a Chelan County Commissioner for sixteen years, I have seen firsthand the impact regulations and rulemaking by the council has had on housing and the rising costs," said Goehner. "The Legislature is working to address a lack of affordable housing, but some of the recommendations we see from state agencies and organizations go against what we are trying to accomplish at the legislative level. I look forward to being part of the council and sharing my perspective."

The SBCC is a state agency that is tasked to provide independent analysis and objective advice to the Legislature and the Governor's Office on state building code issues. The council establishes the minimum building, mechanical, fire, plumbing and energy code requirements for Washington state by reviewing, developing and adopting the state building code.

"As part of the council, I want to make sure decisions being made are cost-efficient options and not mandates driving up costs in an already difficult housing market. This can be done without compromising the safety of the consumer, builder or developer," said Goehner.

Goehner also serves on the Environment and Energy Committee and Transportation Committee in the state House of Representatives.

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