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Committee Substitute House Bill 3068 History

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HB3068 SUB
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

H. B. 3068


(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Amores,

DeLong, Varner, Pethtel, Cann and Pino)

[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]

[March 24, 2005]



A BILL to amend and reenact §21-3C-5 and §21-3C-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to elevator inspections; authorizing private inspectors to conduct annual inspections of elevators; authorizing the Division of Labor to perform compliance inspections; and increasing fees for elevator permits.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §21-3C-5 and §21-3C-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3C. ELEVATOR SAFETY.

§21-3C-5. Powers and duties of counties and municipalities; annual inspections required; acceptance inspection.

(a) A county or municipality may hire a private inspector or contract with any person who possesses a West Virginia elevator inspector's certificate of competency issued by the Division.
(b) The county or municipality shall ensure that every elevator which has been in use for five years or more is inspected annually. A private inspector shall may inspect all elevators except elevators in state owned buildings any elevator in the state. A division inspector shall may inspect elevators in state owned buildings any elevator in the state for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with the provisions of this article.
(c)(1) The county or municipality shall ensure that each newly installed elevator within its jurisdiction is inspected and issued a certificate of acceptance by the Division prior to being placed in service.
(2) A certificate of acceptance shall only be issued if the elevator was installed in compliance with the safety standards set forth in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (ASME) A17.1-3, "Safety Code for Elevators" and ASME A18.1, "Safety Code for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts".
(3) The acceptance inspection shall be subject to the same procedures and requirements as any other elevator inspection.
§21-3C-11. Disposition of fees; legislative rules.

(a) The Division shall propose for promulgation legislative rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code in order to implement the provisions of this article.
(b) The rules proposed for promulgation pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall establish the amount of any fee authorized pursuant to the provisions of this article: Provided,
That in no event may the fees established for inspection exceed one hundred dollars for any one inspection: Provided, however, That in buildings with more than one elevator, the fee shall not exceed one hundred dollars for the first elevator inspected and twenty-five dollars for each additional elevator: Provided further, That in no event may the fees established for the issuance of permits exceed twenty-five fifty dollars.
(c) All fees collected pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be deposited in an appropriated special revenue account hereby created in the State Treasury known as the "Elevator Safety Fund" and expended for the the implementation and enforcement of this article: Provided,
That amounts collected which are found from time to time to exceed funds needed for the purposes set forth in this article may be transferred to other accounts or funds and redesignated for other purposes by appropriation of the Legislature.
(d) The Division may enter into agreements with counties and municipalities whereby such counties and municipalities be permitted to retain the inspection fees collected to support the enforcement activities at the local level.
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