Arizona House OKs ban on cities requiring fire sprinklers in big bars
PHOENIX – The Arizona House has voted to ban cities and counties from enforcing new building code standards requiring large restaurants and nightclubs that serve alcohol to install fire sprinklers.
The proposal from Republican Rep. Travis Grantham was pushed by the Arizona Restaurant Association and was opposed by cities and fire agencies.
The 2018 National Fire Code provision requiring fire suppression sprinklers is being adopted by many cities.
It was prompted by a 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that killed 100 patrons.
The House approved the measure on a 31-29 vote Wednesday with all Democrats opposed.