Carroll County should not enact a law governing false fire alarms because the state already has such a measure, an assistant county attorney wrote to the commissioners.
The commissioners agreed to consider a law after the city of Westminster passed an ordinance that imposes penalties on businesses that repeatedly have false fire alarms. The law took effect in May.
The city law fines a business if it has more than three alarms as a result of malfunctioning equipment in a 30-day period or more than five such alarms in a year.
Assistant County Attorney Isaac Menasche wrote in an opinion dated Dec. 7 that the state law is broader than the city law, and that state law may prevent counties from enacting such legislation. The commissioners reviewed his opinion yesterday.