Dec 6 2010
You may be aware of a recent audit by the Legislative Audit Council of the State Fire Marshal. The audit revealed instances, statewide, of local and state officials inaccurately interpreting the appropriate regulations and codes. This has resulted in many businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations spending unnecessary amounts of money. One school district was told to replace 626 working fire extinguishers at the expense of $37,000. This is just one example.
I will be chairing a Subcommittee of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee that will meet on Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 1:00 pm the Gressette Building in Columbia. The sole purpose of this meeting is for public testimony as many have requested to share their horror stories with the Committee. Others have asked to tell of their experiences anonymously from fear of retribution. If you are aware of a positive or negative experience with a state or local fire marshal and would like to attend the meeting or forward information to me, please contact my office at 803-212-6024.