Elevator inspection bill clears House

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

The Louisiana House approved Senate Bill 684 by state 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 Friday moves the proposal one step from the governor’s desk. The Senate must approve a technical change before the study proposal receives final passage.

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.