SESSION OF 1998
SUPPLEMENTAL NOTE ON HOUSE BILL NO. 3005
As Amended by House Committee on
Business, Commerce, and Labor
H.B. 3005 would amend the Boiler Safety Act. Major
provisions would enact the following:
- Pressure vessels would be included under the Act, but only
those installed after January 1, 1999. Pressure vessel would
be defined as a vessel or container used for the containment
of pressure in which the pressure is obtained from an external
source of vapor, liquid, or gas.
- Certificates of inspection would be required to be maintained
on site. Current law requires the certificate to be posted
- Certain inspection exemptions that apply to pressure vessels
are outlined in the bill.
- Clarification regarding inspection fees is included to provide
that 20 percent of inspection fees only are to be credited to
the State General Fund. The balance of the inspection fees
and all of the certificate fees are to be credited to the Boiler
Inspection Fee Fund.
- Exclusions to the Act would include antique scale model or
other steam boilers used for exhibition purposes.
- Rule and regulation authority would be granted regarding
boilers or pressure vessels regarding construction and
installation, as well as the maximum allowable working
pressure in certain circumstances.
- The qualifications of Chief Inspector would be increased from
five to ten years experience which will include experience
with pressure vessels. Deputy inspectors would also be
required to have experience with pressure vessels. A
provision would allow for special inspectors to be issued
certificates of competency to inspect boilers and pressure
vessels for antique and steam engine show purposes.
- An electric generating utility could be granted an additional
year between inspections. Current law requires an annual
inspection for boilers. Hot water supply boilers would be
inspected every three years.
Proponents of the bill included the Director of the Division of
Workers Compensation and an official with the National Board of
Boiler and Pressure Inspectors.
Representatives of Kansas City Power and Light and Western
Resources indicated they had no problem with the bill, as
The fiscal note indicates an additional 400 inspections
annually for hot water supply boilers. The Boiler Inspection Fee
Fund would realize an additional $40,000 in FY 1999 which had
previously gone to the State General Fund. Additional staff would
be needed to maintain records.
1. *Supplemental notes are prepared by the Legislative Research
Department and do not express legislative intent. The supplemental
note and fiscal note for this bill may be accessed on the Internet at