We've received word this week that residential sprinkler bills long supported by the Massachusetts Fire Sprinkler Coalition have been attached to outside sections of the Senate Ways and Means Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Recommendations by Senator Stephen Brewer. (See Sections 77, 78, and 79 in the link provided for more information.)
This bill contains a “local option” portion that will move the discussion on sprinklers from the State House to city councils and town meetings to determine the acceptance of the law. The coalition is confident that there will be an amendment proposed in the near future to block these measures.
The coalition is urging its members and Massachusetts residents to contact their senators and ask them to consider the life safety aspects of sprinklers and allow each community the right to decide this issue.