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October 20, 2014, 4:15 pm
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State Fire Marshal Withdraws Proposed Sprinkler Rule

The State Fire Marshal is withdrawing a proposed change to the state’s fire safety code… one which drew fierce opposition from home builders and other business groups. 


Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis (mat-KAY’-tis) had proposed requiring automatic sprinkler systems in new home construction.  But local builders groups say that rule would add thousands of dollars to the price of a newly-constructed home, and would price many potential buyers out of the market. 


Matkaitis says the strong response shows that his proposal needs more refinement.  The proposal has been removed from the docket of a legislative rule-making panel, and a planned public hearing next week in Springfield has been cancelled.

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