!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb0824c326970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb0824c326970d-320wi|alt=Minnesota|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Minnesota|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb0824c326970d img-responsive!A few months after the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry enacted a requirement to sprinkler new homes of a certain size, the Minnesota Legislature is fighting to remove it from the books.
New budget bills by both the House and Senate include the "cancellation" of the provision to sprinkler new homes larger than 4,500 square feet. According to a local media report, a state representative called the requirement "onerous" while others noted it has the ability to drive up prices for buyers looking to enter the home-buying market . (In actuality, the average cost for sprinkler installation in Minnesota is $1.51 per square foot, per the state's Department of Labor and Industry.)
Supporting the requirement and countering the opposition is Minnesota Rep. Joe Atkins, who has stated that homes that are required to be sprinklered in his state are not "starter homes."
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