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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 8-6-2012

    Organized labor unions spend about four times as much on politics and lobbying than they contribute directly to candidates for Congress and the White House, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of reports filed by unions with the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Political action committee expenditures by unions supporting federal candidates, funded with voluntary contributions, and lobbying total about $1.1 billion from 2005-2011. Unions spent an additional $3.3 billion over the same period on political activity.

    The State Building Code became a statewide code in 1969, requiring municipalities to follow it, but allowing them and interested parties to propose amendments to it, according to a report from the Office of Legislative Research on the legislative history establishing the code.

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