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Minutes for HB2026 - Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development

Short Title

Enacting the fire sprinkler industry act.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Chairperson Tarwater opened the hearing on HB2026 and recognized Charles Reimer, Assistant Revisor, Office of Revisor of Statutes, for an overview of the bill.

Conferees appearing as proponents for this bill were:

Representative Tory Marie Arnberger, 112th District, Kansas House of Representatives (Attachment 1)

Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal, Office of State Fire Marshal (Attachment 2)

Russell Hardy, Sprinkler Fitter (Attachment 3)

Written-only proponent testimony was received from:

Kevin Arnberger, Pryor Automatic Fire Sprinkler, Inc. (Attachment 4)

Andy Sanchez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Kansas AFL-CIO (Attachment 5)

Kyle Myers, Myers Automatic Fire Protection LLC (Attachment 6)

Christine Brunner, Manager, Fire Protection Services, Inc. (Attachment 7)

James Lewis, CEO of American Fire Sprinkler Corporation (Attachment 8)

These conferees gave opponent testimony:

Jay Hall, Kansas Association of Counties (Attachment 9)

John Goodyear, Law Clerk, The League of Kansas Municipalities (Attachment 10)

Chris W. Labrum, Director, Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department (Attachment 11)

Tim Ryan, CBO, Heart of America Chapter of the International Code Council (Attachment 12)

Written-only opponent testimony was received from:

Andrew Diekemper, Division Chief-Fire Marshal, Lenexa Fire Department (Attachment 13)

Matt Souders, President, Johnson County Building Officials Association (Attachment 14)

Ed Eilert, Chairman, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (Attachment 15)

Steve Horner, Senior Assistant Attorney, City of Overland Park (Attachment 16)

Written-only opponent testimony was received by email and forwarded to Committee members immediately following the meeting:

Sam Alpert, Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater KC (BOMA) and Construction Users Council of Greater KC (CUC) (Attachment 17)

The following conferees gave neutral testimony:

Martha Smith, Kansas Manufactured Housing Association (Attachment 18)

Sean Miller, Kansas Building Industry Association (Attachment 19)

Written-only neutral testimony:

Patrick Vogelsberg, VP of Governmental Affairs, Kansas Association of REALTORS (Attachment 20)

Conferees answered questions and Chairperson Tarwater thanked them for appearing before the Committee.