The South Carolina House has concurred with a Senate amendment on a House bill that deals with a regulation that would require fire sprinkler systems in all newly constructed homes.
The Senate version of the bill replaced the content of the House bill that would override the regulation, instead creating a bill that would delay implementation until 2013. That two-year delay was apparently enough to get the House to concur on a vote of 100 to 1.
Richland County Democratic Anton Gunn argued with Bamberg County Democrat Bakari Sellers over the issue. Gunn, who is opposed to requiring sprinklers, says the requirement will impact only a limited number of people, those building new homes, and that’s not fair.
Home builders say fewer consumers will be able to build homes. But the South Carolina Fire Marshall says when the price of sprinkler systems comes down, very quickly, the requirement won’t make any difference.
Georgetown Senator Raymond Cleary, who led the bill modification in the Senate, is pleased. He says a lot of opposition to the regulation has been due to misinformation, and that a two-year dealy will allow some time to set the facts straight. Cleary says consumers will come around in time and see that sprinklers are not a bad idea, just as motorists once did with seat belts and airbags.