FEMA is replacing its largely outdated flood maps — used to establish insurance rates — with more sophisticated digital versions.
FEMA is replacing its largely outdated flood maps — used to establish insurance rates — with more sophisticated digital versions.

The Massachusetts Legislature raised the bar for licensed builders last July when it passed new rules requiring continuing education credits for persons holding a construction supervisor’s license (CSL). Such licenses are mandatory for anybody in the state who builds, remodels, alters, repairs, or demolishes a one- or two-family dwelling or related structure (unless he’s the homeowner). The rule is expected to go into effect midyear.

Massachusetts isn’t blazing new ground with these regulations; several other states already have similar programs in force. In fact, the ad hoc council that developed the new requirements used Minnesota’s continuing education program as its model.

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