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Introduced by   Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Public safety; labor; elevator safety

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to: (1) transfer the elevator safety review board from the department of public safety to the department of labor; (2) expand the elevator safety review board to 10 members; and (3) raise the fees for elevator reinspections.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 141(b) is amended to read:

(b)  For the purposes of this subchapter:

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(3)  "Commissioner" means the commissioner of public safety labor or the commissioner's designee.

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(6)  "Department" means the department of public safety labor.

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Sec. 2.  21 V.S.A. § 144(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The elevator safety review board is established within the department, and shall consist of five ten members, one of whom shall be the commissioner or the commissioner's designee, and four nine members to be appointed by the governor as follows:  one representative from a major elevator manufacturing company; one representative from an elevator servicing company; an owner or manager of a multistoried building, in which a convenyance conveyance is installed; and an individual who actually installs, maintains, and repairs conveyances; a private sector elevator inspector; an engineer licensed in this state; an elevator mechanic licensed in this state; one representative from an insurance company; and one member of the public.  The members appointed by the governor shall be appointed for staggered terms of three years, and shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010.

Sec. 3.  21 V.S.A. § 152(b) is amended and (f) is added to read:

(b)  Every conveyance subject to this subchapter shall be inspected annually every three years by an elevator inspector or state employed tramway inspector.  For an initial inspection, an inspector may charge a fee not to exceed $170.00 per hour and $500.00 for each inspection.  An For renewal inspections, an inspector may charge a fee not to exceed $100.00 for each inspection.  The inspector shall notify the department if a conveyance is found to be in violation of this subchapter or any rule adopted under this subchapter.

(f)  An inspector may properly determine that a conveyance is in compliance with this subchapter if it operates in a safe manner despite its failure to meet certain current design standards.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont