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SB 155/LM (BR 1155) - P. Clark

     AN ACT relating to elevator safety.
     Create new sections of KRS 198B.400 to 198B.540, relating to elevator safety, to allow only a licensed elevator mechanic working under the direct supervision of an elevator contractor to install or work on elevators and fixed guideway systems; form the Elevator Safety Review Board within the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction; establish board membership and meeting rules; require licensure from the board to work as an elevator mechanic or elevator contractor; set licensure qualifications and application requirements; allow for biennial licensure renewal; permit the board to issue emergency and temporary licenses; mandate 8 hours of continuing education for each elevator contractor and mechanic license renewal; list reasons for licensee discipline and establish related hearing and appellate procedures; require various types of insurance coverage for elevator contractors and for elevator inspectors not employed by the office; disclaim any effect on the liability of any persons or the Commonwealth as a result of KRS 198B.400 to 198B.540; amend KRS 198B.400 to define terms; amend KRS 198B.410, 198B.440, and 198B.450 to shift responsibility over inspector certificates of competency from the office to the board; amend KRS 198B.420 to direct the board to develop the State Elevator and Fixed Guideway System Inspection Program; include the promulgation of administrative regulations, inspections, and investigations among the board's powers under the program; amend KRS 198B.460 to require owner or user registration of all elevators and fixed guideway systems with the board; order the office to share its pre-existing registration information with the board; amend KRS 198B.480 to require board approval for elevator or fixed guideway system changes or repairs; amend KRS 198B.490 to allow the board to consult with engineering authorities and organizations on safety standards; list national standards for the board to follow when promulgating administrative regulations related to safety standards; mandate that any board standards be consistent with the Kentucky standards of safety and the uniform state building code; amend KRS 198B.510 to require that new elevator and fixed guideway system installations be performed by a licensed elevator contractor; authorize three-year optional certificates of operation for private residences; waive any operation or renewal fees at residential devices; amend KRS 198B.520 to set out circumstances where a construction or repair permit may be revoked or expired; amend KRS 198B.530 to establish that all elevator licensing fees are to be paid to the office; amend KRS 198B.990 to increase the penalty for violations from a maximum fine of $500 to a maximum fine of $1,500 plus thirty days imprisonment.

     Feb 13-introduced in Senate; to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)

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