House, Senate Pass Bill Disallowing Residential Sprinkler System Requirements
Unless Governor Rick Perry vetoes Senate Bill 1410, passed today by both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, West U.’s recently passed residential sprinkler system requirement is null and void.
The bill, authored by District 11 Senator Mike Jackson, relates to the regulation of plumbers, but an amendment to the bill prohibits municipalities from enacting ordinances or building codes requiring residential sprinkler systems. The amendment was authored by District 18 Representative John Otto and adopted on May 19.
Earlier this week, representatives of the city, including the City Manager Michael Ross and Fire Chief Steve Ralls, contacted Jackson’s office and local Senator Joan Huffman’s office to express the city’s opposition to the bill. Ross and Ralls also contacted various other cities and senators around the state as well as Representative Ellen Cohen’s office.
West U. City Council passed new building codes earlier this month requiring the sprinklers in new home construction.