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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Sprinkler Repeal Legislation Becomes First Bill Signed Into Law by Gov. Corbett
4/25/2011

Gov. Tom Corbett congratulates Rep. Garth Everett following the signing of House Bill 377 into law, the first bill-signing of the Corbett administration. Everett is the prime sponsor of the sprinkler mandate repeal legislation. Pictured here, front row left-to-right, Rep. Everett, Gov. Corbett and Senator Bob Robbins (R- Butler/ Crawford/ Lawrence/ Mercer). Top row left-to-right, Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) and Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia /Dauphin/ Luzerne/ Montour /Northumberland /Snyder).

Legislation repealing a government mandate to install automatic sprinkler systems during the construction of new homes became the first legislation signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett today, said Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), author of the bill. 

“I am honored to have my sprinkler repeal legislation be the first law enacted during the administration of Gov. Corbett, and I am pleased to have worked with him and his team on this bill,” said Everett. “This legislation came about through the efforts of many people, with a great deal of input coming from all stakeholders. There was a strong sense of bipartisan cooperation in the passage of this bill in both the House and Senate. This is a victory for all Pennsylvanians seeking to build and buy new homes.” 

The new law makes the repeal of the automatic sprinkler mandate effective and in addition, requires builders to make the offer to install sprinklers and requires that information on the total costs of installation and maintenance be provided to new homebuyers.  

A number of concerns prompted the creation of this new law, including the issue of water pressure and infrastructure in some municipalities that would be strained by a sharp increase in the use of automatic sprinkler systems. In rural areas, the problem becomes acute in that many residents are wholly dependent on well water. Nearly one-third of Pennsylvania residents live in single-family homes in rural areas dependent on wells.  

Another factor in the repeal effort is the damage that a sprinkler system failure can bring to a home. Frozen or otherwise damaged pipes in a system can ruin walls, floors and belongings. 

There is also an alternative energy provision in the new law adding new standards to log homes. Log walls with a minimum average thickness of 5 inches or greater will be permitted in residential buildings if they meet energy efficiency standards. 

“In addition to repealing the sprinkler mandate, the bill also alters the process by which new requirements are incorporated into Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code,” said Everett.  “The goal of the process change is to make it more difficult for special interests groups to push changes, like sprinklers, into the code solely for their own benefit, and to the detriment of the average person wanting to build or buy an affordable home in Pennsylvania.” 

State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
RepEverett.com 

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