House-Approved Fire Prevention Act Would Provide Grants

WASHINGTON —The House of Representatives passed a bill establishing grants for the installation of fire prevention and suppression technologies for university student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.

H.R. 2136, which passed the House on a voice vote May 19, doesn’t identify the capacity of grants that would be available. However, at least 10 percent of the funds would be set aside for schools that primarily serve minority students. Another 10 percent would be reserved for fraternities and sororities.

The legislation was first introduced by the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones; however, when she died in 2008, here successor Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ind.), took up the cause and renamed the bill the “Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones College Fire Prevention Act,” according to Cleveland.com.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate, which is before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

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