HB 1372 Mine Safety Act revisions.
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Summary:
Mine Safety Act revisions. Makes numerous changes to the Commonwealth's mine safety laws. Changes of general applicability to the mine safety laws relate to: the language in which safety rules are to be posted; the form of payment of certain fees; the renewal of licenses; the application for licenses; annual reports; mine maps; compensation for mine rescue crews and for setting annual fees for mine rescue teams; payment of the cost of certain investigations; and access to certificates of inspection. Changes applicable to underground coal mining relate to: examinations in testing the roof, face and ribs and the keeping of related records; mining in proximity to abandoned areas; equipment safety; inspection of underground equipment; self propelled equipment, pushing cars and riding cars; the operation of rail equipment, man trips and belts transporting miners; inspections of electrical equipment and repairs to circuits and electrical equipment; maintenance of firefighting equipment; duties in case of a fire; storage and use of flammable materials; preshift and onshift examinations; weekly examinations; mine fans; air volume; coursing air; excess methane; crosscuts; permanent stoppings; ventilation controls; abandoned areas; air quality; examinations for explosive gases and hazardous conditions; and reporting duties of mine foremen. Changes applicable to surface coal mining relate to: safety examinations; notification and reporting of certain events; safety measures related to equipment; transformers; and blasting practices.

The word "dangerous" is changed to "hazardous", the word "breakthrough" is changed to "crosscut" and the word "passageways" is changed to "travel ways" throughout (definitions for hazardous and travel way are provided). The current requirement that mineral miners be certified is delayed until January 1, 1997.

Sections dealing with roof bolts, the recovery of roof supports and switchboards are repealed.

This is emergency legislation.

Full text:
01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 960815460  pdf
02/06/96  House: Committee substitute printed 960839460-H1  pdf
03/21/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1372ER)  pdf
04/16/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0774)  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments

Status:
01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 960815460
01/22/96  House: Referred to Committee on Mining and Mineral Resources
01/31/96  House: Reported from M. & M. R. with sub. (14-Y 0-N)
02/01/96  House: Read first time
02/02/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/05/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/06/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/06/96  House: Committee substitute printed 960839460-H1
02/07/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/08/96  House: Read second time
02/08/96  House: Committee substitute agreed to 960839460-H1
02/08/96  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. 960839460-H1
02/09/96  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote) (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/96  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/96  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/09/96  House: Passed House (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
02/09/96  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (100-Y 0-N)
02/09/96  House: Communicated to Senate
02/12/96  Senate: Read first time
02/12/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/29/96  Senate: Reported from A. C. & N. R. w/amds. (14-Y 0-N)
03/01/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
03/01/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: Read third time
03/04/96  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
03/04/96  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
03/04/96  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/96  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: Rec. of passage agreed to by Senate (40-N 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/96  House: Placed on Calendar
03/06/96  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/96  House: Emergency clause added
03/21/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1372ER)
03/26/96  House: Enrolled
03/27/96  House: Signed by Speaker
03/29/96  Senate: Signed by President
04/06/96  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 774 (effective 4/6/96)
04/16/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0774)