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Bill calls for uniform building code

Construction in all Florida counties would be subject to similar rules under legislation sent to the governor on Thursday.

The bill would create a statewide building code in the year 2001. Currently, local governments can choose among five state codes, which has led to hundreds of different rules across the state. During the next two years, a commission will develop the new statewide code.

_ JULIE HAUSERMAN

Dantzler gains senators' endorsements

Former Sen. Rick Dantzler visited with his former colleagues Thursday and picked up endorsements for his campaign for governor from five senators representing all corners of the state.

Sens. Howard Forman, D-Pembroke Pines; Jim Hargrett, D-Tampa; Tom Rossin, D-West Palm Beach; Ron Silver, D-North Miami Beach; and Charles Williams, D-Tallahassee all said they support Dantzler over Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay and state Rep. Keith Arnold of Fort Myers.

_ TIM NICKENS

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