Anders offers resolution on Act 12

Published 6:00 am Friday, December 22, 2006

District 21 Rep. Andy Anders said he feels confident Gov. Kathleen Blanco will approve the resolution concerning Act 12 before the January deadline.

“It’s on the governor’s desk right now,” Anders said. “I feel 100 percent that she’ll sign it.”

Anders attended his first special session as a state representative Dec. 8. He was elected to the District 21 seat this fall.

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Anders said the experience was a shock and had to learn a lot of the procedures on his own.

“When they open the floor (to vote) you get like 30 seconds to speak,” Anders said. “It’s not like you get a lot of time to do your homework and you have to know how you’re going to vote before the floor is opened.”

At the session, Anders and other representatives brought a resolution before the House, which asked Blanco to postpone the enactment of Act 12, a piece of legislation that would require new home or business construction to be inspected by a International Building Code inspector.

Anders said the resolution, House Committee Resolution-36, passed before both the House and the Senate.

If signed by the Blanco, enactment of Act 12 would be pushed from the deadline of Jan. 1 to July 1, Anders said.

“That would give us some time to work with it in April and June during our regular sessions,” Anders said. “Until her signature is on the resolution, we’re still held to the deadline.”

If the deadline is moved, Anders said he would work to have District 21 excluded from Act 12 requirements.