COLUMBIA — A bill that encourages businesses and homeowners to install fire sprinkler systems has stalled in a Senate committee.
Calls for more sprinkler systems in buildings increased after nine Charleston firefighters were killed in a furniture store fire.
However, some local governments are worried they will lose money because the proposal limits what they can charge businesses that install fire sprinkler systems.
Senator Greg Ryberg says the local governments have used fees tied to installing and maintaining sprinkler systems to expand water systems to new customers. The bill was sent back to a subcommittee for more discussion.