New Massachusetts Sprinkler Law
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Sprinkler Bill May Prove to be a Disaster
August 8, 2004 - On the heals of an announcement Thursday that the Massachusetts legislature had passed a bill requiring fire sprinklers in nightclubs with an occupancy of 100 or more, news has broken that the bill could be so poorly drafted that it applies to no one.
It appears that hastily drafted amendments adopted to pass the bill before the legislature adjourned contained skewed references to the current law with the result that the legislation may be totally ineffective to bind anyone. Governor Romney supported the initiative and is now faced with the dilemma of how to proceed. Sources indicate that the choices include calling a special session to re-pass the bill with amendments from the Governor but in such circumstances one opposing vote would kill it. The legislature could recall the bill from the Governor but that would mean that the entire process would start anew in the next session. Lastly, the Governor could sign the current bill and have the legislature enact a new bill that would cure the errors.
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Massachusetts Passes Law Requiring Sprinklers in Nightclubs
AUG 18/2004 — According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Online, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has signed a fire safety bill requiring clubs with occupancies of 100 people or more to install sprinklers within three years. Clubs that hold less than 100 people may be forced to install sprinklers if they violate occupancy limits twice within one year. To read more about the law visit