Pre-filed December 1, 1998, and 1,000 copies ordered printed.

TERRY L. SPIELER, Secretary.



To repeal section 64.180, RSMo 1994, relating to building codes in certain counties, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the same subject.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:

Section A.  Section 64.180, RSMo 1994, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 64.180, to read as follows:

64.180.  1.  The county commission of any county which shall exercise the authority granted under the provisions of sections 64.170 to 64.200 shall appoint a building commission consisting of five members, residents and taxpayers of the county, one of whom shall be a member of the county commission, to be selected by the county commission.  The members of the commission shall serve without compensation for a term of two years.  The term of the county commission member shall not extend beyond the tenure of his office.

2.  Said commission shall prepare a building and electrical code of regulations under the powers granted herein, which shall be submitted to the county commission for adoption.  Such code of regulations shall be in accord with standards prescribed by recognized inspection and testing laboratories and agencies.  Before the adoption of such code of regulations, the commission shall hold at least three public hearings thereon, fifteen days' notice of the time and place of which shall be published in at least two newspapers having general circulation within the county and notice of such hearings shall also be posted at least fifteen days in advance thereof in four conspicuous places in the county.  The regulations adopted shall be applicable to the unincorporated territory of the county, except as otherwise provided herein, and may from time to time be amended by the county commission after hearings are held and notice given, as prescribed herein.  The county commission is authorized to employ and pay the personnel necessary to enforce the regulations adopted.

3.  All building codes adopted under the provisions of 64.170 to 64.200 shall take effect when approved by voters, subject to the provisions of subsection 4 of this section after the effective date of this act.

4.  The proposed building code shall be voted on only by voters in the area affected by the proposed revision, such that a revision affecting a county shall not be voted upon by citizens of any municipality having its own building code.

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