Kelly, Boehme Ask Governor To Veto SB 1410
West U. Mayor Bob Kelly and Councilman George Boehme have written a letter to Governor Rick Perry asking that he veto Senate Bill 1410, which includes an amendment that makes it impossible for local municipalities to require residential sprinklers in new home construction.
In the letter, Kelly and Boehme state that it is not the details of the ordinance that should be considered, but rather the right of municipalities to have local control.
“Governor Perry, we respectfully suggest that out local elected officials are best positioned to make our local decisions,” reads the letter.
Read the entire letter here.
West U. City Council recently approved new city code that required the sprinklers – a requirement that is now null and void if the bill is not vetoed. West U. Fire Chief Steve Ralls and City Manager Michael Ross have expressed serious disappointment with the passage of the bill, with Ralls saying the state shouldn’t regulate city code.
“If the state is not going to have a code anyway, I don’t think they should have the right to take away from a city’s rights to decide how they want to build and the safety features they want to have in the homes,” said Ralls earlier this week.