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    Calif. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Disclose Construction Elements in Wake of Berkeley Balcony Collapse
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    File image of the balcony that collapsed, June 16, 2015.

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers want to take more time considering a proposal crafted in response to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley.

    The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have required construction companies to disclose felony convictions and settlements to state regulators over construction defects.
     
    SB465, authored by Democratic Sens. Jerry Hill of San Mateo and Loni Hancock of Oakland, failed on a 7-3 vote. It becomes a two-year bill, allowing backers more time to refine their proposal.

    Many committee members supported the bill's intent. Yet they worried about requiring a state agency to collect settlement data without understanding how it would be used in enforcement.

    Six people were killed and seven others were hospitalized last month when the apartment balcony collapsed during a birthday party.

    Berkeley Proposes Strict Balcony Rules in Wake of 6 Deaths, if Passed Could be 'Strictest in the State'

    [BAY] Berkeley Proposes Strict Balcony Rules in Wake of 6 Deaths, if Passed Could be 'Strictest in the State'
    In the wake of last month's deadly balcony collapse, the Berkeley City Council is poised to consider a host of new rules on Tuesday – from requiring stricter building materials to inspections every five years. If Berkeley adopts all the proposals, City Councilman Jesse Arreguin said that the package of regulations could be "the strictest in the state." Kris Sanchez reports.
    (Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015)
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