Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-320

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING FIRE PREVENTION CODE REGULATIONS.

Vote Date:

3/13/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/6/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To allow time for the Department of Construction Services to obtain regulation approval on statutes related to the fire prevention code by delaying the date from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2015.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE:

Substitute language delays the repeal and implementation of certain statutes related to the Fire Prevention Code by two years (from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2015).

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Deputy Commissioner Pasquale Salemi, Department of Construction Services, testified in support of this bill. He stated that the background for this legislation stems from the reorganization of agencies and the creation of a new agency, the Department of Construction Services (DCS). This bill intends to change the current statutory sunset provisions for specific statutes involving an assortment of hazardous chemicals and materials, allowing for regulations for fire prevention and safety. This legislation would also extend the adoption deadline from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2015. This amendment is necessary due to the time consuming multi-stage approval process; it will allow adequate time for the Commissioner of DCS, together with the State Fire Marshal and the Volunteer Advisory Committee, to revise the existing State Fire Prevention Code and present it for legislative regulatory approval.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Kevin Kowalski, CT Fire Marshals Association testified in support of this bill. The Fire Marshals Association is currently working on modernizing outdated regulations that no longer comply with today's standards. He noted that because the committee will be unable to get approval of regulations by the statutory sunset date, this bill will protect the state from being without several essential hazardous materials codes for an extended period of time. He stated that the bill language also allows for the codes contained in the newly passed regulations to be implemented by the Fire Prevention Committee.

Ted Schroll, Connecticut State Firefighters Association, testified in support of this bill. He believes that the bill is necessary to update new regulations while removing archaic regulations that no longer fit with modern building methods. With regulations constantly evolving and being reviewed, this legislation is essential.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Jennifer Jennings, Connecticut Heating and Cooling Contractors Association testified in opposition to this legislation. She stated that the industry is concerned that this confuses the timeline for the adoption and implementation of fire codes. In the handling of the adoption of codes, she stated that those actually involved in the field aren't often included for input even though they are responsible for adhering to the codes and standards themselves.

Reported by: Bobbie Kask

Date: March 21, 2012