Stephanie Tubbs Jones Fire Prevention Act

Saturday, November 1, 2008

WASHINGTON--The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 23 passed the Stephanie Tubbs Jones College Fire Prevention Act in by a vote of 365 to 51.

HR 642 was originally introduced by Rep. Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), an advocate for campus fire safety, who died in August from a brain aneurysm.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) requested that the bill be renamed in honor of the congresswoman.

HR 642 seeks to “establish a demonstration incentive program within the Department of Education to promote installation of fire sprinkler systems, or other fire suppression or prevention technologies, in qualified student housing and dormitories, and for other purposes.”

The bill calls for the government to provide a multi-million dollar grant for five years; grantees would need to provide a 50 percent match.

“Unfortunately, there is no companion bill in the Senate and Congress is currently scheduled to adjourn within the next week so the prospects of action in the Senate are limited,” said Ed Comeau, editor of Campus Fire Watch.