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Senate Bill 0672

Senate Bill sb0672

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                   SB 672

    By Senator Constantine


  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to emergency elevator access;

  3         providing requirements relating to regional

  4         emergency elevator access; requiring elevators

  5         in newly constructed or certain substantially

  6         renovated buildings to be keyed alike within

  7         each of the state emergency response regions;

  8         providing for these requirements to be phased

  9         in for certain existing buildings; restricting

10         the duplication and issuance of master elevator

11         keys; requiring the labeling of master elevator

12         keys; allowing local fire marshals to allow

13         substitute emergency measures for elevator

14         access in certain circumstances; providing for

15         appeal of the local fire marshal's decision;

16         providing for the State Fire Marshal to enforce

17         the act; encouraging builders to use applicable

18         new technology to provide regional emergency

19         elevator access; providing an exemption for

20         certain buildings; providing an effective date.


22  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:


24         Section 1.  Regional emergency elevator access.--

25         (1)  In order to provide emergency access to elevators:

26         (a)  For each building in this state which is six or

27  more stories in height, including, but not limited to, hotels

28  and condominiums, on which construction is begun after June

29  30, 2004, all of the keys for elevators that allow public

30  access, including, but not limited to, service and freight

31  elevators, must be keyed so as to allow all elevators within


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                   SB 672

 1  each of the seven state emergency response regions to operate

 2  in fire emergency situations with one master elevator key.

 3         (b)  Any building in this state which is six or more

 4  stories in height and is "substantially renovated" as defined

 5  in the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, after June

 6  30, 2004, must also comply with paragraph (a).

 7         (2)  Each existing building in this state which is six

 8  or more stories in height must comply with subsection (1)

 9  before July 1, 2007.

10         (3)  In addition to elevator owners, owner's agents,

11  elevator contractors, state-certified inspectors, and State of

12  Florida agency representatives, master elevator keys may be

13  issued only to the fire department and may not be issued to

14  any other emergency-response agency. A person may not

15  duplicate a master elevator key for issuance to, or issue such

16  a key to, anyone other than authorized fire department

17  personnel. Each master elevator key must be marked "DO NOT


19         (4)  If it is technically or physically impossible to

20  bring a building into compliance with this section, the local

21  fire marshal may allow substitute emergency measures that will

22  provide reasonable emergency elevator access. The local fire

23  marshal's decision regarding substitute measures may be

24  appealed to the State Fire Marshal.

25         (5)  The Division of State Fire Marshal of the

26  Department of Financial Services shall enforce this section.

27         (6)  Builders should make every effort to use new

28  technology and developments in keying systems which make it

29  possible to convert existing equipment so as to provide

30  efficient regional emergency elevator access.



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    Florida Senate - 2004                                   SB 672

 1         (7)  Any building operated by an independent special

 2  district or airport that has 24-hour emergency response

 3  services shall be exempt from this section.

 4         Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2004.


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 7                          SENATE SUMMARY

 8    Requires the use of a master elevator key in each of the
      elevators in buildings of six or more stories in height
 9    which are located within the same emergency response
      region and constructed or renovated after June 30, 2004.
10    Requires existing buildings to comply with the
      requirement by July 1, 2007. Authorizes a local fire
11    marshal to allow substitute emergency measures under
      certain circumstances. Provides an exemption for certain
12    airports and buildings operated by an independent special
      district. (See bill for details.)




















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