Assembly Committee OKs 7-Year Quake Safety Extension for Hospitals

The Assembly health committee approved a bill yesterday requiring the state’s riskiest hospital buildings to undergo a thorough “collapse risk” assessment in order to qualify for up to seven years of earthquake safety deadline extensions. Current hospital seismic safety laws call for the riskiest buildings to be shored up by 2013 or 2015, or the state will revoke¬†their operating licenses. State authorities say dozens of hospitals face closure on Jan. 1, 2013.

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