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HB 220 (BR 1104) - B. Yonts, S. Riggs

     AN ACT relating to certification of fire sprinkler inspectors.
     Creat new sections of KRS Chapter 198B, relating to annual and renewal certification requirements and fees for fire sprinkler inspectors; provide for grandfather, waiver (reciprocity), inactive status, continuing education, administrative regulations, inspection standards, disciplinary, and certification revocation procedures.


     SCS (1) - Retain original provisions, except limit the certification reinstatement fee to $100; make the Circuit Court of the county of the certified inspector's place of business the venue for cease-and-desist orders and for appeals by certification holders.

     SCS (2) - Retain original provisions, except remove all references to fines or fees related to the fire sprinkler inspector certification program; require that a fire sprinkler inspector obtain liability insurance in the form of a certificate of insurance executed by an insurer permitted, rather than authorized, to do insurance business in Kentucky; permit grandfathering of existing fire sprinkler inspectors who meet the requirements until July 1, 2012; direct the executive director to promulgate administrative regulations to establish the procedures necessary to implement the fire sprinkler inspector certification program; create new sections of KRS 198B.400 to 198B.540, relating to elevator safety, to allow only a licensed elevator mechanic working under the general supervision of an elevator contractor to install or work on elevators and fixed guideway systems; form the Elevator Advisory Committee within the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction; establish committee membership and meeting rules; require licensure from the office to work as an elevator mechanic or elevator contractor; require an elevator mechanic license for any person who is a regular and bona fide full-time employee of a public university and who performs only routine maintenance on elevators for the public university; exempt a public university employing this type of elevator mechanic from elevator contractor licensure; prohibit the public university elevator mechanic from any activities normally allowed under an elevator mechanic license except for routine maintenance; allow the office to promulgate administrative regulations necessary to implement the elevator safety program; set licensure qualifications and application requirements; allow for annual license renewal; permit the office to issue emergency and temporary licenses; mandate eight hours of continuing education for each elevator contractor and mechanic license renewal; require various types of insurance coverage for elevator contractors; allow elevator contractors and mechanics with three years of verifiable experience to practice without meeting the license requirements if they apply before July 1, 2012; disclaim any effect on the liability of any persons or the Commonwealth as a result of KRS 198B.400 to 198B.540; list reasons for licensee discipline and establish related hearing and appellate procedures; establish the elevator safety program trust fund as a separate revolving fund to be administered by the office; amend KRS 198B.400 to define terms; amend KRS 198B.410 and 198B.420 to include fixed guideway systems within the coverage of the safety act; allow any person to request and the office to conduct an investigation of an alleged violation of the safety act; amend KRS 198B.450 to clarify that the $1.00 certificate replacement fee applies only to elevator inspectors; amend KRS 198B.460 to relieve elevator or fixed guideway system owners or lessees from the requirement to provide registration information if the office already has the information in its possession; require elevators and fixed guideway systems for which construction has begun after July 1, 2011, to be registered at the time they are completed and placed in service; amend KRS 198B.470 to exempt listed types of devices from the annual inspection requirements, including material lifts, grain elevators, mine elevators, and freight elevators at a licensed distillery; amend KRS 198B.480 to require office approval for elevator or fixed guideway system changes or repairs; amend KRS 198B.490 to allow the office to consult with engineering authorities and organizations on safety standards; list national standards for the office to follow or modify when promulgating administrative regulations related to safety standards; mandate that any office 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; mandate an inspection of all new elevators, platform lifts, and stairway chairlifts in private residences; permit future inspection of devices at private residences at the request of the owner; amend KRS 198B.520 to set out circumstances where a construction or repair permit may be revoked or expired; amend KRS 198B.530 to make all pre-existing statutory elevator fines payable to the elevator safety program trust fund; make technical corrections; name KRS 198B.400 to 198B.540 the "Kentucky Elevator Safety Act"; EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011; APPROPRIATION.

     SCA (1/Title, G. Tapp) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 8-introduced in House
     Jan 11-to Labor & Industry (H)
     Jan 13-posting waived
     Jan 14-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Jan 15-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 21, 2010
     Jan 21-3rd reading, passed 99-0
     Jan 22-received in Senate
     Jan 25-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Feb 9-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 10-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 18-recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
     Mar 16-reassigned to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Mar 24-reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent bill with Committee Substitute (2), committee amendment (1-title); posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 24, 2010; 3rd reading; Committee Substitute (1) withdrawn; passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute (2), committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 25-received in House; to Rules (H)
     Mar 26-posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (2), committee amendment (1-title) for Monday, March 29, 2010
     Apr 1-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute (2), committee amendment (1-title) ; passed 99-0; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor
     Apr 12-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 116)

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