Associated Press reports Rep. Kevin Wilson's sprinkler bill, which was passed by the legislature during its final week in session, will not apply to more than 60 percent of group homes:
The legislation, passed overwhelmingly last week, excludes existing residential care and assisted living facilities with 20 or fewer residents from having to retrofit their buildings for sprinklers.
About half of Missouri’s facilities — 310 of the 616 — currently lack sprinkler systems. The bill’s exemption means that just 120 of those would be forced to install sprinklers, according to Department of Health and Senior Services figures provided to The Associated Press.
The measure was stronger when it was initially passed in the House, but took a beating when the Senate got hold of it:
The fire alarm provisions prevailed in the Legislature. But cost concerns led senators to add the sprinkler system exemption. Few were aware, at the time, exactly how large of an exemption it was.