SB 1092 Fire suppression systems in college or university dormitories.
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Fire suppression systems in certain college or university dormitories. Requires all buildings, regardless of when constructed, which are more than 75 feet or more than six stories high and are used, in whole or in part, as dormitories to house students by any public or private institution of higher education to install sprinkler systems by September 1, 1999. The Board of Housing and Community Development is required to promulgate regulations establishing standards for automatic sprinkler systems in such dormitories. The Code of Virginia currently grandfathers buildings constructed prior to 1973 under the 1986 regulations, thereby exempting such buildings from various requirements including fire suppression systems (sprinkler systems).

Across the Commonwealth, 13 high-rise dormitories that were built before automatic sprinklers were required do not contain such systems, while housing some 7,200 students. All of these buildings were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and are not, currently, required to comply with the fire and building codes. Most of these buildings are owned by the Commonwealth and located on the campuses of public institutions of higher education, i.e., James Madison University, Longwood College, Norfolk State University, Radford University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. Although no lives have been lost, some fires have occurred in some of the unprotected, high-rise dormitories which have resulted in some injuries.

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01/20/97  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 974773753  pdf
01/30/97  Senate: Committee substitute printed 972564753-S1  pdf
01/31/97  Senate: Committee substitute printed 972564753-S2  pdf
03/03/97  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1092ER)  pdf
03/21/97  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0584)  pdf

01/20/97  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 974773753
01/20/97  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/29/97  Senate: Reported from General Laws with sub. (15-Y 0-N)
01/29/97  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/30/97  Senate: Committee substitute printed 972564753-S1
01/30/97  Senate: Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N)
01/31/97  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/97  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/97  Senate: Committee substitute printed 972564753-S2
02/03/97  Senate: Read second time
02/03/97  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/03/97  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 972564753-S2
02/03/97  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. 972564753-S2
02/03/97  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/97  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/97  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/97  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/97  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/97  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/97  House: Read first time
02/06/97  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/97  House: Assigned to General Laws sub-committee: 5
02/13/97  House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
02/13/97  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/97  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
02/18/97  House: Read second time
02/19/97  House: Read third time
02/19/97  House: Passed House (Block Vote) (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/97  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
03/03/97  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1092ER)
03/07/97  Senate: Enrolled
03/07/97  House: Signed by Speaker
03/08/97  Senate: Signed by President
03/20/97  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 584 (effective 7/1/97)
03/21/97  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0584)