Following the death of a bill that would have weakened Maryland's sprinkler requirement, the legislators are now proposing legislation to offset costs associated with installing home fire sprinklers.
Typically at odds with each other on the issue of fire sprinklers, the Maryland fire service and a local building industry association support the bill, according to theDelmarva Daily Times.
The legislation would create a tax credit of up to $2,000 for homeowners installing sprinklers, divvied out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Credits would be capped at $1 million annually, states the paper.
Continuing its campaign in support of home fire sprinklers and the new bill are members of Maryland's fire service. The anti-sprinkler bill recently defeated was the result oflegislative and media outreach.
"We keep proving weekly it seems we need legislation, requiring fire sprinklers in new homes," Harve Woods with the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association told the Delmarva Daily Times. Since the new bill would keep the sprinkler requirement intact, his association supports it.
UPDATE: The Maryland legislative session ended on April 11, 2016, and the bill died in committee.