Home Construction Sprinkler Mandate Repeal Seals Oberlander’s Second Consecutive Guardian of Small Business Award
10/17/2012
Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) accepted her second consecutive Guardian of Small Business Award from Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) State Director Kevin Shivers.  
HARRISBURG – In recognition of her strong support for pro-business legislation in the Pennsylvania House, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) has been presented with the “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

“As an entrepreneur and former Clarion County commissioner, I could not be more honored to accept this award that comes directly from our state’s and our nation’s single largest job creation engine, which is of course our independent small business owners,” said Oberlander.

“Guardians of Small Business” designations are awarded to legislators who consistently vote favorably on key small business issues. The votes tracked during the 2011-12 legislative session are among the highest priorities of NFIB’s small business agenda -- legal reform and regulatory relief, tax and fiscal policy, and unemployment and workers compensation reforms.

Of all these important small business victories, Oberlander singled out her successful efforts to repeal the Uniform Construction Code mandate that required sprinkler systems to be installed in all newly constructed residential housing (Act 1 of 2011).

“New home building, which represents no less than 14 percent of Pennsylvania’s Gross Domestic Product, along with every job connected to the home building industry, and ultimately the dream of home ownership were all in severe jeopardy until this repeal legislation was signed into law,” said Oberlander. “By incorporating several provisions from my originally proposed legislation, the final law goes much further than accomplishing the most pressing objective of permanently extinguishing this building-cost increasing and job-killing residential sprinkler mandate. In the bigger picture, Pennsylvania now has greater flexibility to accept and implement only those building standards that match the overall home-construction and home-buying blueprint for this Commonwealth.”

This is Oberlander’s second consecutive Guardian of Small Business award since first taking office in January 2009. For the latest legislative updates, visit www.RepOberlander.com or www.Facebook.com/RepOberlander.

State Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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