Sprinkler Law Creates Impasse in Maryland

Maryland’s law that requires sprinkler systems in manufactured and modular homes took effect Jan. 1.  The Dagger News Service reports several families applied for permits for modular homes prior to that date in Harford County, but the state’s interpretation of the law is for the permit to take effect at the time of issuance, which would require sprinklers in the homes.  The county recognizes the date of application, and has since voted to withhold enforcement of the statute for a year.  However, it leaves these particular families in a “Catch 22” holding pattern, and their modular homes waiting on the assembly line at the factory.  State Senator Barry Glassman has ushered a bill through the Senate Rules Committee for a hearing Friday before the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee to grandfather in these families’ homes.  Sen. Glassman thinks the bill, which has a six-month sunset, will also be passed by the Maryland House of Delegates.

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