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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 866         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2879


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Paul A. Schmid, III


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 landscape sprinkler systems.






Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 866        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2879

By Mr. Schmid of Westport, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2879) of Paul A. Schmid, III and others for legislation to require landscape sprinkler systems to be constructed with automatic shutoff valves with rain sensor devices.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1747 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to landscape sprinkler systems.

              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.  Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the state board of building regulations and standards shall amend the state building code to include rain sensor devices for newly installed or renovated residential outdoor landscape sprinkler systems.  The board shall promulgate rules and regulations for the installation of sprinkler systems and the rain sensor device to override and suspend the operation of the system during periods of rainfall and shall specify the amount of rainfall required to activate a rain sensor.              

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