Dallas, McKinney urge Gov. Greg Abbott to veto bill limiting cities’ construction regulations

AUSTIN — Dallas and McKinney are among cities urging Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would limit cities’ ability to regulate construction of housing and commercial buildings.

Advocates maintain that the proposed bar on cities imposing construction regulations exceeding basic national standards will reduce costs by quashing mandates now in place that benefit dominant vendors. Model codes that would rule are written by groups combining industry and government fire and building safety officials.

Lee Kleinman, a Dallas City Council member and the council’s legislative liaison, wrote Abbott urging him to veto House Bill 2439, which the House sent Abbott last week.

W. Gardner Selby, Staff Writer

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