Following the news of Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of legislation to help more homes and businesses install fire sprinklers, several Charleston legislators say they will fight to save the bill.
Sanford's veto comes just one week before the anniversary of the June 18 Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters.
The bill provides up to a 25 percent property tax credit off the cost of installing a fire sprinkler system that would be matched by the state in an income tax credit up to 25 percent.
The governor said in his veto message that he applauds the bill's intent but he stands by his year-long criticism of the legislation. Sanford said the credit is so large that it amounts to a subsidy. He also has concerns about the bill's constitutionality.
Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, said he was shocked by the governor's veto. Stavrinakis and several other Charleston lawmakers said they would work to make sure the Legislature overrides the governor's veto when they return later this month.
For more on the story, read The Post and Courier on Friday.