Dept. of Insurance Questions Bill To Speed Up UNC Construction

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-A new bill that may exempt University of North Carolina (UNC) campuses from state construction review could be a potential hazard to the university’s students and faculty. Eliminating this review, according to the Department of Insurance, could put those using the buildings at risk. 

The Department of Insurance currently reviews plans for construction at UNC campuses to make certain they comply with state building codes. The bill, introduced by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-Greensboro, would allow UNC campuses to choose how renovation plans would be reviewed. Supporters claim it would speed up construction because state reviews take up time that costs campuses money.

State insurance commissioner and fire marshal Jim Long says he is against the bill. It received preliminary approval from the Senate with a 46-3 vote, but Long says if it makes it to Gov. Mike Easley, he will ask the governor to veto it.

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