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Anti-sprinkler legislation filed in 2012

 
Anti-sprinkler legislation filed in 2012

State legislatures are in session and opponents of home fire sprinklers have wasted no time in convincing some lawmakers to introduce bills in several states that would prohibit jurisdictions from including one- and two-family dwelling fire sprinkler requirements in the adopted codes.

Here's how you can help! One of the goals of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative is to provide you with the advocacy tools you need to get local governments to mandate fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes. Please contact one of NFPA's Regional Sprinkler Specialists (in right sidebar) to let us know how we can help you in your state.

Colorado

SB12-081: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings.
Sponsor: Kevin Grantham, District 2
Status:

  • Defeated in committee.

Hawaii

SB2397: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation or retrofitting of automatic fire sprinklers in new or existing one- or two‑family dwelling units used only for residential purposes. Amended to allow requirements for water supply or access. Effective Jan. 1, 2025. Amended effective date to Jan. 1, 2050 with a five-year sunset provision.
Sponsor: Will Espero, 20th Senate District
Status:

  • Referred to Public Safety, Government Operations, Military Affairs (PGM) and to Water Land and Housing (WLH) Committees.
  • PGM Committee passed with amendments. Referred amended version to WLH for consideration.
  • Passed by WLH Committee.
  • Passed by Senate.
  • Moved to House and passed by committee on 3/14/12.
  • Moved to Finance Committee on 3/23/12
  • Passed by the FIN Committee on 4/3/12.
  • Passed by the House on 4/10/12. Sent to Senate.
  • Passed by Senate and engrossed to governor on 4/27/12.

HB1795: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation or retrofitting of automatic fire sprinklers in new or existing one- or two‑family dwelling units used only for residential purposes.
Sponsor: Rida Cabanilla, House District 42
Status:

  • Referred to Housing (HSG), Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM), and Judiciary (JUD) Committees.

Illinois

HB5847: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings. Requires mandatory option.
Sponsor: Michael Unis, 91st District
Status:

  • Referred to Rules Committee.

Minnesota

SF1717: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings.
Sponsor: Jeremy R. Miller (R), District 31
Status:

  • Passed by Senate on 3/28/12.
  • Moved to House.
  • Second reading in the House on 3/29/12.
  • House sponsor LeMieur did not accept the amendment prohibiting fire sprinklers. Bill was postponed indefinetely on 3/29.
  • Sprinkler prohibition amendment removed by the House.
  • Fire sprinkler prohibition died in the House.
  • Senate refuses to concur. House acceeds and referred to Conference Committee on 4/20.
  • Conferees agree to place prohibition language back on bill. Bill passed by both chambers. Engrossed to governor.
  • Governor vetoes the bill on 5/3/12.

SF1653: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation of automatic fire sprinklers in single family dwellings.
Sponsor: John C Pederson (R) District 15
Status:

  • Sprinkler prohibition introduced as floor amendment on 4/18.
  • Passed and sent to the House on 4/18.
  • Referred to House Ways and Means Committee

Oklahoma

HB2659: Prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation or retrofitting of automatic fire sprinklers in one- or two-family dwellings.
Sponsor: Fred Jordan (R), District 69
Status:

  • Introduced as a floor amendment in the House.
  • Passed by full House.
  • First reading in Senate 3/6/12.
  • Second reading and assigned to Business and Commerce Committee 3/8/12.
  • Passed by the Business and Commerce Committee 4/2/12.
  • Sent to the full Senate for a vote. No hearing date information available.
  • Passed by Senate on 4/23/12, sent to House for engrossment.
  • House rejects Senate amendment removing sprinkler prohibition. Assigned to Conference Committee.
  • Conferrence committe upholds Senate amendment; sprinkler prohibition fails.

New York

S7052: Prohibits the state fire prevention and building code council from requiring installation of automatic sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings.
Sponsor: Catharine Young, District 57
Status:

  • Referred to Finance Committee on 4/26/12.

Tennessee

HB2639: Prohibits sprinkler requirements in local building codes in one-family and two-family dwellings. Amended to remove prohibition; makes jurisdictions hold two special hearings and 2/3 majority vote to adopt.
Sponsor: Eric Watson
Status:

  • Referred to Commerce Subcommittee. Hearing date set for 2/22/12.
  • Heard on 2/29/12 and postponed for action until next hearing on 3/7/12.
  • Passed by subcommittee as amended.

SB2492: Prohibits sprinkler requirements in local building codes in one-family and two-family dwellings. Amended to remove prohibition; makes jurisdictions hold two special hearings and 2/3 majority vote to adopt requirement.
Sponsor: Jim Tracy
Status:

  • Referred to Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture Committee.
  • Hearing in Senate committee scheduled for 3/20/12.
  • Passed by Senate Committee as amended on 3/27/12.
  • Passed by Senate on 4/9/12.
  • Sent to Governor for action on 4/18/12.
  • Signed by governor on 4/27/12.

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Coalition Learn about the efforts of The Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Coalition, formed to bring the fire service and other stakeholders together for the purpose of keeping the home fire sprinkler requirement in the Tennessee code.