HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 818        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2089

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ruth B. Balser and Kenneth J. Donnelly

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to enhanced fire protection in new one and two family dwellings.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 818        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2089

By Representative Balser of Newton and Senator Donnelly, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2089) of Ruth B. Balser. Kenneth J. Donnelly and others for legislation to authorize municipalities to require automatic sprinkler protection systems in certain housing.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act relative to enhanced fire protection in new one and two family dwellings.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 148 of the General laws, as appearing in the 2012 “Official Edition”, is hereby amended by adding the following new section:-

Section 26J.  In any city or town which accepts the provisions of this section, every newly constructed building, designed or used for residential occupancy and containing not more than two dwelling units, shall be protected throughout with an adequate system of automatic sprinklers installed in accordance with the provisions of the state building code.  The provisions of this section shall apply to any such newly constructed building for which a building permit is issued on or after one year from the acceptance of this act by a city or town.

The head of the fire department shall enforce the provisions of this section.

Whoever is aggrieved by the head of the fire department’s interpretation, order, requirement, direction or failure to act under the provisions of this section, may, within forty-five days after the service of notice thereof, appeal from such interpretation, order, requirement, direction, or failure to act, to the board of appeals as provided in section 201 of chapter six.

SECTION 2.  Section 27A of chapter 148, as so appearing, is amended by inserting, after the word “service”, in lines 17 and 18, the following new sentence:- This section shall not apply to the seasonal shut-off of automatic sprinklers installed in accordance with the provisions of section 26J of chapter 148, when such shut off has been conducted in accordance with the procedures established by the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations.  For purposes of this section, the Board shall determine what constitutes a seasonal shutoff of automatic sprinklers.