The legislative sessions have started and anti-sprinkler bills have been filed in two states. These bills prohibit the adoption of codes requiring fire sprinkler requirements in single family homes and would threaten communities’ ability to mitigate home fire related death risk. The good news is that one of the bills is already dead in committee, and the other is currently lingering in committee.
South Dakotas’ SB93 was introduced on January 17, and assigned to the Local Government Committee. The bill was heard in committee and tabled on January 31; thus the bill is dead.
Minnesota’s’ HF499 was introduced on February 11 and assigned to the Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee, where it is pending. We will continue to watch this closely.
In a noticeable trend, these bills - in contrast to previous years - prohibit fire sprinkler requirements in single family homes and do not include the two-family home prohibition.
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative legislation/adoption page is updated weekly. Visit often to stay informed and to find bill history from previous years.