Force Redraft of Erroneous Structural Steel Welding Legislation

AGC testified on H.B. 127, legislation that would establish structural steel welding and bridge welding requirements in the Ohio Building Code. The intent of the bill is to prevent the use of falsified certifications for structural steel welds as required by the architect/engineer in project specifications. However, the bill’s “as introduced” version did not reflect that purpose and was drafted in a manner that would make it unworkable in the industry. As a result, an interested party meeting was held to discuss changes that would better reflect the bill’s intent and provide a more practical solution. A new draft of the legislation is expected.