The Georgia State Senate easily passed the "Sticks" Bill on Monday, sending it to the Governor's desk to be signed into law. HB 876 (or the "Sticks" Bill) would prohibit counties and municipalities from proscribing the use of wood in the construction of buildings when state minimum standard codes are otherwise met.
HB 876 was aimed at local jurisdictions that required steel and masonry be used in place of wood frames for constructions that exceeded 3 stories. Local officials argued that these tougher standards were a public safety issue, but some felt it was more of a block on development.
The cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody fought hard to defeat this measure, however, there was too much support at the Capitol to overcome. State Senator Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) lobbied unsuccessfully to amend the legislation so that cities with the more strict building codes would be grandfathered in. However, his and other Senate amendments were unsuccessful.
This bill goes on to the Governor's desk to be signed into law. There is little belief that Gov. Deal would veto this bill, but more updates to come.