RI pols hold out hope for code changes

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Two bills aimed at easing fire code restrictions died in the state Legislature in July, but two legislators say some of the proposed changes can be implemented without legislative approval, the Providence Journal reported.
The bills would have made some changes to the state's strict 2003 fire code, which was adopted shortly after the tragic Station nightclub fire in which 100 people died. Specifically, one bill eased some deadlines, created a new trade license for sprinkler installers, offered tax relief to business, and outlined sprinkler and alarm system trade-offs, the report said. Rep. Joseph Trillo, (R-Warwick) said he would encourage R.I. Gov. Carcieri to direct the Department of Labor and Training to create a license for sprinkler installation.