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House passes elevator and escalator inspection bill

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Posted: May 30, 2014 3:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to study the creation of a statewide elevator and escalator inspection system for Louisiana.

The House gave final passage Friday to a bill (Senate Bill 684) by Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, that would ask the state fire marshal's office to look at how such a system would work. The 96-0 vote moves the proposal to the governor's desk.

Louisiana doesn't require regular safety inspections of elevators. Some municipalities have set their own regulations, but most parishes are without rules for annual checkups to make sure elevators and escalators are operating properly.

Lawmakers wanted more information on what a statewide system could cost and how to pay for it. The fire marshal will report his findings and recommendations to several legislative committees by Feb. 1.

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