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Corbett Reviewing Sprinkler Bill Passed By Pennsylvania House

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - For the first time since taking office in January, Governor Corbett has a bill heading to his desk.

The state House Wednesday passed and sent to the governor a bill that would repeal a requirement that sprinklers be a part of new home construction (see related story). But the bill, which originated in the House, was amended by the Senate to include provisions that make it harder to revise the state code of construction regulations.

Critics like Philadelphia House Democrat Michael McGeehan say it gives too much power to builders.

“Make no mistake, this is a frontal assault against the health and safety of the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

But Republican Garth Everett, the bill’s sponsor, believes the changes will depoliticize the issue.

“And not have us engaged in the kind of political debate that we are today, that draws different constituencies against each other.”

A spokesman for Governor Corbett says he supports the sprinkler mandate repeal but is reviewing the Senate amendments before deciding whether to sign the bill.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio