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Fire sprinklers in new construction (veto)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Snuffed out by a gubernatorial veto was a bill that would have prevented a requirement to install fire sprinklers in homes.

Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike LeMieur (R-Little Falls) and Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona), the state fire code or the state building code could not be changed to require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in any new or existing single-family detached dwelling unit.

Gov. Mark Daytons veto letter states: I take very seriously the concerns which fire safety professionals have expressed about the safety of home residents They are concerned that newly built homes burn more quickly, and that more firefighters are injured when floors collapse during fires. They contend that, with sprinkler systems in place, fires could be more readily contained, resulting in fewer injuries and deaths to homeowners and firefighters.

The bill would have also clarified statutory language regarding certain occupational licenses and apprenticeship agreements, which the governor expressed his support.

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