sHB-6285 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF FLASHING WHITE HEAD LAMPS BY FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
LCO No.: 8714
Cal. No.: 212
File No.: 274
OFA Fiscal Note
Department of Public Safety
State and Municipal Impact:
This amendment results in costs to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that cannot be determined at this time, but that are not anticipated to be significant, and in minimal costs to municipalities. It specifies that all of the amendment's requirements be met within available appropriations.
The amendment requires the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee (both in DPS), in conjunction with the commissioner of DPS to create a list of exemptions that have been granted from the State Building Code and the State Fire Safety Code. The list must be compiled by January 1, 2002 and must include any exemption granted five or more times in the last year. It then requires the commissioner of DPS to (1) send the list to all local building officials and fire marshals, (2) publicize the list, and (3) educate local officials and the public on how to use the list. This must be done by April 1, 2002 and must be done within available appropriations. The costs to DPS cannot be determined at this time, but are not anticipated to be significant.
The amendment requires that all requests for a modification, variation or exemption to the State Building Code or the State Fire Safety Code made to a local building official or fire marshal be sent to the State Building Inspector or the State Fire Marshal within 15 working days of its receipt. Notice of the request must be sent by first class mail and must include the comments of the local building official or fire marshal on the merits of the request. This results in minimal additional costs to municipalities.
It also specifies that if the request is denied, the applicant may appeal to the Codes and Standards Committee and to the Superior Court, in accordance with the provisions of CGS Section 29-254. This is anticipated to result in minimal costs.
The amendment also requires the State Fire Safety Code to specify reasonable minimum requirements for areas of refuge in existing educational occupancies. This has no fiscal impact.
The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either House thereof for any purpose.