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The fire sprinkler ban has been vetoed twice before by Gov. Dayton.
(Published Apr 29, 2013)
By a vote of 47-17, the Senate passed an amendment to the omnibus environment, agriculture, and jobs bill that would prohibit the State Building Code from requiring residential fire sprinklers. The language was identical to language that was passed by the Legislature in 2011 and 2012. Gov. Dayton vetoed the bills both times. (Read Governor Dayton’s veto message.)
The omnibus environment, agriculture, and jobs bill, SF 1607 (Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm) contains the biennial appropriations for numerous state government agencies, including the departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Employment and Economic Development, and Labor and Industry (DLI). DLI has jurisdiction over the State Building Code.
The League opposes efforts by the Legislature to mandate changes to the State Building Code. This issue is being debated through the DLI code adoption process. The code adoption process should consider the safety of residents and firefighters, the need to train building officials to inspect sprinklers, the potential burden on a city’s water supply, and the effect on a city’s fire suppression rating. The Residential Building Code Advisory Council, the first step in the pre-rulemaking process, recommended that the State Building Code not require that sprinklers be installed in residential homes. It is unclear when DLI will initiate the formal rulemaking process.
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