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Gov. Whitmer vetoes bill attempting to save schools from high construction costs


By Andrew Giermak | Mar 4, 2020

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Michigan state capitol building

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation meant to exempt structures made for sporting events at K-12 schools-- such as press boxes and ticket booths at football stadiums-- from some construction code requirements.

The bill passed the Michigan Legislature after the Madison School District said that planned renovations to a football and track facility, under current state construction codes, would cost an additional $250,000. The current regulation mandates a structure such as a press box must be heated.

Whitmer put out a message after her veto. She said the codes “protect Michiganders from shoddy construction," according to Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Her veto stops “disappointed applicants” from potentially undermining “the effectiveness of state government,” said the governor in her message to the Legislature.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn (R-Ida Township) and cosponsored by Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian). It was supported by K-12 school groups, according to Michigan Capitol Confidential, but opposed by labor organizations, such as the Michigan Building Trades Council and various plumbers and pipe fitters unions.

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