Corbett signs bill to repeal sprinkler mandate bill

    Update at 3:30 p.m. Corbett has signed the bill.

    Original report: Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett will sign a bill today repealing a requirement to install fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes in the state.

    The legislation, approved earlier this month, was promoted by supporters as a way to save lives by extinguishing fires before rescue crews can arrive, as the Associated Press reports. The Pennsylvania Builders Association and other opponents say the mandate drives up housing costs.

    The repeal, the first bill Corbett will sign as governor, will not apply to new townhome construction in the state.

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