Home Building Mandate Repeal First Bill of Session to Governor

The first bill to be passed by both chambers of the General Assembly during the current session, and the first bill sent to Gov. Tom Corbett, will relieve residents of a costly new construction mandate, Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) said today.

The measure, which passed the House by a vote of 129-68, repeals a requirement that automatic sprinkler systems must be installed in new home construction.

“These additional costs discouraged many families from building and stalled the homebuilding industry right when our housing market was trying to recover from the recession,” Turzai said. “The sprinkler mandate is another example of government over-stepping its bounds and taking away personal choices of homeowners to keep things affordable.”

House Bill 377 removes the residential sprinkler requirement for new one- and two-family residential homes. Further, the bill requires the state’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to hold public hearings to determine the impact new provisions may have, including financial impact, and vote, with a two-thirds majority, before implementing the requirements in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Stephen Miskin                                                                                                                        

smiskin@pahousegop.com                                                                                                       717.705.1852


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