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Fire Protection Standards - 68th R.S. (1983)

Committee Members
Gene Green, Chair
Lindon Williams, Vice Chair
Phyllis Robinson
John Whitmire
Damon Anderson
B.G. Barton
Billy Box
Ernest A. Emerson
C.A. Foster
Don Greene
Alcus Greer
Steven Hacker
George Hailey
Ed Kirkham
Cruger Ragland
Larry Watrous
R. Nolen Willis
Charges
• Formulate and suggest to the legislature fire protection standards to be enacted statutorily or otherwise adopted through enhanced rulemaking authority on the part of the state fire marshal. In formulating proposed fire protection standards, the committee should address the issues of:
(1) whether such standards should be adopted by statute or by rule;
(2) whether standards should apply statewide in a uniform fashion or should apply instead only to unincorporated or other areas not presently covered by any standards;
(3) whether, under the latter arrangement above in which cities retain their individual authority to adopt fire protection codes, the state fire marshal should have the authority to require mandatory adoption of the Uniform Building Code, Southern Standard Building Code, or some other model code, or at least should have the authority to approve or disapprove the adoption of municipal fire protection codes;
(4) whether, under the same arrangement, the state fire marshal should have the authority to prohibit amendments or variances that conflict with municipal fire protection codes;
(5) whether, assuming that consideration of the matter is not preempted by enactment of legislation during the 68th Legislature, the state should require the equipping of high-rise buildings with sprinkler systems;
(6) whether, similarly assuming no related legislation is enacted during the current session, the state should adopt special fire protection standards for hospitals and convalescent homes, schools and day-care centers, hotels and motels, or other places of public congregation posing a particular threat to human life in the event of a catastrophic fire; and
(7) whether the State Board of Insurance should institute, as an incentive to the installation of fire protection devices, mandatory insurance-premium reductions in cases where automatic sprinkler systems or other fire protection technologies have been installed.

Note:
Appointed pursuant to HCR 62.

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