Missouri Lawmaker Seeks Inspection Exemption for Church’s Chair Lift

February 6, 2015

A Missouri lawmaker says forcing a tiny church to have its chair lift inspected every year is a “true example of government stupidity” and has asked that it be exempted from mandatory inspections.

Greenfield Church of Christ leader Don Adams told a House committee this week that the chair lift installed in 2012 has been inspected twice by the state, at a cost of more than $450 each time.

The Joplin Globe reports Rep. Mike Kelley, a Lamar Republican, on Monday offered legislation to exempt the Greenfield church from the inspections, saying if something was wrong with the lift, the church would fix it.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says state law clearly says that no elevator or related equipment can operate without a state operating permit.

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