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CS/CS/CS/SB 1602 — Elevators

by Fiscal Policy Committee; Community Affairs Committee; Regulated Industries Committee; and Senator Galvano

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Regulated Industries Committee (RI)

The bill creates s. 399.031, F.S., to require that new elevators in private residences must:

  • Meet minimum distance requirements between the hoistway face of the hoistway doors and the hoistway edge of the landing sill for swinging and sliding doors;
  • Be equipped with doors or gates that can withstand a force of 75 pounds without permanent deformation or displacing the door from its guides or track;
  • Meet minimum distance requirements between the hoistway face of the landing door and the hoistway face of the car door or gate for different types of doors and gates; and
  • Be equipped with a device that stops the downward motion of the elevator car under certain circumstances.

Current law defines the term “private residence” to mean a separate dwelling or a separate apartment in a multiple unit dwelling which is occupied by members of a single-family.

The provisions must be adopted into the Florida Building Code by October 1, 2016.

The bill provides that s. 339.031, F.S., may be cited as the “Maxwell Erik ‘Max’ Grablin Act.”

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 117-0