Immediate Action Needed before 1pm, Wednesday, March 26. Call and email the legislators who sit on the State Government Administration Committee and tell them to vote FOR Amendment 1 to HB 4609.
Last year we fought off an attempt by the State Fire Marshal (and the pipe fitters union) to force Chicago high rises to retrofit fire sprinklers in every high rise in Chicago. On Tuesday evening we learned of a new attempt in Springfield to impose this onerously expensive and unnecessary burden on us. After 9 years of spending money on fire safety, 345 has finally this year fully complied with Chicago’s Life Safety requirements.
The most disturbing aspect of the current proposal is the attempt to circumvent the state’s legislative process by pushing the proposed regulations through a committee called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). This is not the committee that should be making the decision for an unfunded mandate of this magnitude.
In an effort to make sure that any attempt at a mandate receives a full public debate, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (12th District), has introduced an amendment with a stated requirement that any such proposal must first be vetted by the full legislature. It also establishes a task force to continue to look at the issue. Rep. Feigenholtz’s Amendment 1 to HB 4609 is a helpful step to make sure our residents are treated fairly and that a solution for fire safety is achieved without instituting a mandate.
Send an email, make a phone call, TODAY.
Tell them to vote FOR Amendment 1 to HB 4609.
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Representative Jack D. Franks
Representative Emily McAsey
Representative Robert W. Pritchard
Representative Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Representative Dan Brady
Representative Adam Brown
Representative John M. Cabello
Representative Katherine Cloonen
Representative Fred Crespo
Representative Monique D. Davis
Representative David Harris
Representative David McSweeney
Representative Christian L. Mitchell
Representative Michelle Mussman
Representative Wayne Rosenthal
Representative Carol A. Sente
Representative Barbara Wheeler
Representative Kathleen Willis
Representative Sam Yingling