Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Smoke Detector Company's Lobbyist Drafts Ordinance Regulating Smoke Detectors In Marion County
Indianapolis City-County Councilors Mary Moriarty Adams (D) and Ben Hunter (R) introduced Proposal No. 364 to regulate fire safety requirements for battery-powered smoke detectors. A source familiar with the discussions notes that the ordinance has been drafted in such a manner that only one particular brand of smoke detectors sold under the trade name of Kidde will be legally suited for use in dwelling units within Marion County if the proposed ordinance becomes law. Interestingly, Proposal No. 364 was drafted by Scott Chinn, a partner at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, instead of the council's counsel, Fred Biesecker. According to lobby registration records on file with the City of Indianapolis, Chinn is a registered lobbyist for United Technologies Corporation, which manufactures the Kidde brand of smoke detectors. This pretty much sums up how the public's business is conducted in this city and state.