Minnesota governor takes strong stance on home fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on May 20, 2014

Governor-Mark-DaytonMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has not kept silent when confronted with anti-sprinkler legislation in the past, and it seems his stance hasn't changed. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Legislature introduced an $846 million public works bonding bill. which Dayton needs to approve, that included a clause blocking a new mandate to sprinkler homes 4,500 square feet or larger. Dayton threatened to veto the entire bill if it barred sprinkler installations.

The repeal "has no business being in a bonding bill," Dayton said at a recent news conference. "I will not have something rammed down my throat."

Dayton, who has received an NFPA award for his commitment to fire safety, has twice vetoed anti-sprinkler legislation. A new version of the bonding bill omits the anti-sprinkler clause, and Dayton is expected to sign it, according to an update in the Pierce County Herald.