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Family definitions

What is a family, and who should be legally considered to be a part of it? The question reaches farther than we usually think.

Consider this description of a proposed rule change in an unlikely place, the Department of Consumer & Business Services, Building Codes Division:

“This proposed rule expands the exemption from electrical license requirements for electrical installations on a person’s residential or farm property. The rule adds ‘spouse’ and ‘domestic partner’ to the definition of an owner’s immediate family for the purpose of qualifying for the exemption.”

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