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|Description: He told us it would take a disaster with several people killed before this state will ever pass a fire code. And he was correct. After several people were killed, we now we are considering what we should have done a long time ago|
Democrat Representative Ed Wildberger is referring to the Anderson fire that killed eleven people last November.
His statement seemed to hit home for many representatives.
The Missouri House recently passed first-round approval for a bill that would require fire sprinklers and other fire safety precautions in long-term care facilities.
In the Senate, Pro Tem Michael Gibbons has a very similar bill that was recently passed out of the Senate and is now in the House for approval.
From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News
Intro: Long-term care facilities could be required to implement sprinkler systems and other fire safety devices. The Missouri House just gave first-round approval for the bill. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (High-LAY-suh-LAH-say) has more from the Capitol.
Five months after the Anderson fire, the Missouri House overwhelmingly supported regulating stricter fire safety requirements in long-term care facilities.
Not only is the bill in response to the Anderson fire that killed 11 people last November, but also the large fire that happened 50 years ago in Hillsboro, Missouri.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican representative Kevin Wilson, said that people's morals come to play when dealing disasters like these two fires.
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Description: It's on our conscience. Fifty years ago we had this tragedy, now fifty years later... And I, for one, am not going to be sitting somewhere saying, "I wish I'd done more."
Senate Pro Tem, Michael Gibbons also has a very similar bill that recently passed the Senate and is now being taken up in the House.
From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News.