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HF 2537

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/28/2019 05:09pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/14/2019

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to the State Fire Code; adding fire safety requirements for places of public
accommodation; requiring inspections by the state fire marshal of places of public
accommodation; creating a dedicated account in the special revenue fund;
appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 299F.391,
subdivisions 1, 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
299F.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 299F.391, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

For purposes of this sectionnew text begin,new text end the following definitions deleted text beginshalldeleted text end
apply:

(a) "Lodging house" means any building or portion thereof containing not more than
five guest rooms which are used or intended to be used for sleeping purposes by guests and
where rent is paid in money, goods, labor or otherwise.

(b) "Hospital" has the meaning given it in section 144.50.

(c) "Hotel" means any building or portion thereof containing six or more guest rooms
intended or designed to be used, or which are used, rented, hired out to be occupied, or
which are occupied for sleeping purposes by guests, and which is required to be licensed
pursuant to chapter 157.

(d) "Nursing home" has the meaning given it in section 144A.01.

(e) new text begin"Place of public accommodation" means any publicly or privately owned facility
that:
new text end

new text begin (1) is designed for occupancy by 200 or more people based on one person for seven
square feet of area;
new text end

new text begin (2) is rented for money or for the exchange of goods or services;
new text end

new text begin (3) was formerly agricultural in nature and is used for the purposes of hosting weddings,
receptions, parties, and similar social events three or more times a year;
new text end

new text begin (4) is accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities;
new text end

new text begin (5) allows alcohol; and
new text end

new text begin (6) is not a lodging house, hospital, hotel, nursing home, school, place of worship, or
property owned or operated by a congressionally chartered veterans service organization.
new text end

new text begin (f) new text end"School" means any public or private school or educational institution.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 299F.391, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Requirements.

All hospitals, nursing homes, schools, lodging houses deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin, new text end
hotelsnew text begin, and places of public accommodation new text endshall be operated and maintained in compliance
with the State Fire Code as promulgated pursuant to section 326B.02, subdivision 6.

Sec. 3.

new text begin [299F.48] INSPECTIONS OF PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, the following definitions
apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) "place of public accommodation" has the meaning given in section 299F.391,
subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (2) "new place of public accommodation" means a building constructed or converted
for use after August 1, 2019; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "existing place of public accommodation" means a building currently used as a place
of public accommodation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Fire safety. new text end

new text begin (a) All new and existing places of public accommodation shall be
operated and maintained in compliance with the State Fire Code except as amended in this
subdivision:
new text end

new text begin (1) roads and parking lots shall be provided so that firefighting apparatus are able to get
within 150 feet of all portions of the building for firefighting and rescue purposes;
new text end

new text begin (2) all rooms and spaces shall be furnished with automatic smoke detection connected
to a commercial fire alarm system having audible and visual notification throughout the
building to alert occupants of fire conditions;
new text end

new text begin (3) no open flames are allowed in the building and within 20 feet of the building, except
for flames used for the purposes of reheating or maintaining food temperatures;
new text end

new text begin (4) smoking is prohibited in the building and at any location within 20 feet of the building;
new text end

new text begin (5) interior finishes, decorations, and means of egress features shall comply with the
existing building requirements of the State Fire Code;
new text end

new text begin (6) an analysis shall be performed by a qualified person to determine the structural
soundness of the building against wind, applied loads, and sound vibration for wedding
receptions and similar social events and the results furnished to the state fire marshal upon
request; and
new text end

new text begin (7) a properly installed automatic fire sprinkler system satisfies the requirements of
clauses (1) and (2).
new text end

new text begin (b) All new places of public accommodation shall be provided with a properly installed
automatic fire sprinkler system.
new text end

new text begin (c) The owner or operator of a place of public accommodation shall furnish copies of
the most recent fire inspection report, upon request, to persons desiring to hold events at
the place of public accommodation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Inspections; fees. new text end

new text begin The state fire marshal shall develop a plan to inspect every
place of public accommodation once every three years. The state fire marshal shall charge
the owner of each place of public accommodation a triennial inspection fee of 15 cents per
square foot for each building inspected. The fee includes two follow-up inspections or
on-site consultations. For each additional follow-up inspection conducted in the same
three-year cycle that is necessary to bring the place of public accommodation into compliance
with the State Fire Code, the state fire marshal shall charge the owner a fee of five cents
per square foot for each building inspected.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Special account; appropriation. new text end

new text begin Money received by the State Fire Marshal
Division for inspections of places of public accommodation must be deposited in the state
treasury and credited to a state fire marshal places of public accommodation inspection
account in the special revenue fund. All money in the state fire marshal places of public
accommodation inspection account is annually appropriated to the commissioner of public
safety to operate and administer the inspections.
new text end