Minnesota Gov. Mark Drayton recently vetoed and returned Chapter 47, House File 460.
Minnesota Gov.Mark Draytonrecently
vetoed and returned Chapter 47, House File 460, a bill that forbids the state
building code and the state fire code or political subdivisions from requiring
the installation of fire sprinklers in a new or existing single-family home.
The National Fire Protection Association
posted on its website that the bill sailed through the Minnesota legislature after heavy lobbying
by the home building industry.
Drayton, in a letter to Minnesota
Speaker of the HouseKurt Zellers, noted the requirement is
part of the International Residential Building Code, which will soon be
considered for adoption in Minnesota.
“Any objections to such a policy are
best considered through the regular code adoption process, allowing adequate
notice and time for fact-gathering and a public hearing,” Drayton wrote in the
Drayton also outlined the safety
implications of fire sprinklers in his letter to Zellers.
“Evidence supports the use of sprinklers
in promoting the safety of home residents and their property,” he wrote.
“Further, the concerns brought forward by fire safety professionals need to be
addressed. They cite the fact that newly built homes burn (quicker) and that
more fire fighters are being injured when floors collapse during fires. With
sprinkler systems in place, fires can be more easily contained, resulting in
“I simply do not see how we can further
jeopardize the lives of the individuals whose mission is to protect the public
and who risk their lives on a daily basis. For these reasons, I have vetoed
have also drafted similar legislation. However, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer
vetoed his state’s proposed legislation that prohibited the adoption of a
residential code mandating fire sprinklers. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
signed a bill to remove the sprinkler mandate in his state.