EIGHT- PENNY NEWS VOLUME 11 • NUMBER 4 JANUARY 1993 New Jersey: In an effort to revitalize the construction industry here, the Permit Extension Act, signed into law last summer, allows all construction permits that expired or are scheduled to expire between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1994 to remain approved until December 31, 1994. Builders will not be required to pay additional fees to activate formerly expired permits. Texas: To speed the permit process in Houston, officials recently opened a One-Stop Permit Center. Builders can now get all their permits within two hours of arriving at the center. The process formerly took several weeks. The one-stop service consolidates staff reviews and provides immediate redlining of plans when changes are required. Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing reviews have been eliminated. These will