Legislation requiring all college dorms to have sprinklers installed by 2014 is one of four new fire safety bills Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law. The bill beefs up past legislation by instituting tougher penalties for post-secondary schools that don't comply. That includes a $1,000 a day fine if sprinklers are not installed by September 1st, 2014. That measure was sponsored by Representative Skip Saviano, a Republican from Elmwood Park:
"The previous law didn't have any teeth on it if they didn't comply. This gives them an extra year, but it actually has penalties and has some teeth in it where they have to comply by that certain date."
Quinn also signed legislation Monday that encourages fire protection districts to buy equipment built in state. They'll get lower interest rates on loans to buy fire vehicles made in Illinois. Other legislation consolidates loan programs to help departments buy emergency equipment, and another streamlines the examination process to hire local firefighters.
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