Farms Still Face Electrical Inspections

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Electrical Examining Board won't exempt farm buildings from mandatory electrical inspections.

The Des Moines Register says the board voted 8-3 on Thursday to reject a proposal that would have generally exempted farm buildings. The proposal was aimed at resolving issues stemming from a court ruling that the board exceeded its authority by requiring inspections on most electrical installations on farms.

Some critics say the inspections are a power grab by the board and that the inspections overburden farmers. Other farmers and their supporters say poorly installed electrical wiring creates safety hazards.

On Thursday the board set a task force to seek a compromise to present to the Legislature.

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