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This bill would require the executive commissioner to by rule specify an edition of the Life Safety Code of the National Fire Protection Association to be used in making life safety requirements for an assisted living facility. The bill would also require that at least twice a year the commission issue a technical memorandum on the interpretation of minimum life safety code standards and post the memorandum on the commission’s website. The memorandum would be considered legally binding.
This bill addresses a conflict between governments and seeks to establish a uniform standard, which in our view is a procedural change that does not substantively impact our principles.
Though the change is not one the grows or shrinks government, it is worth pointing out that such conflicts and programs that this bill deals with should not exist in the first place. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a private organization that has long set the standards related to life safety and local businesses are capable of following the recommendations published by the NFPA voluntarily. It is not a necessity for government to impose such regulations because entities and consumers already have a vested interest in self-regulation.
Because this is a procedural bill, we remain neutral.