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44-925. Installation and operation violations; penalties. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity to operate in this state a pressure vessel installed after January 1, 1999, or a boiler without a valid inspection certificate. The operation of a pressure vessel installed after January 1, 1999, or a boiler without such inspection certificate or at a pressure exceeding that specified in such inspection certificate shall constitute a class C misdemeanor. Each day of such unlawful operation shall be deemed a separate offense.

(b) If an inspection certificate is lost or destroyed, a new certificate shall be issued in its place without another inspection. The state fire marshal may charge a fee for a replacement certificate.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity to install or operate any boiler or pressure vessel in this state or to construct any boiler or pressure vessel for use in this state in violation of this act or the rules and regulations adopted hereunder, and any such unlawful installation, operation or construction shall constitute a class C misdemeanor. Each day of unlawful installation, operation or construction shall be deemed a separate offense.

(d) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the state fire marshal, upon finding that any person has violated any of the provisions of this act or any rule or regulation promulgated under the authority of this act, is authorized to impose a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 per violation for each day of such unlawful operation, which shall constitute an actual and substantial economic deterrent to the violation for which the penalty is assessed. No civil penalty shall be imposed pursuant to this subsection except upon the written order of the state fire marshal to the person who committed the violation. Such order shall state the violation, the penalty to be imposed and the right of the person to request a hearing as provided in K.S.A. 44-928, and amendments thereto.

(e) All moneys received from civil penalties imposed pursuant to subsection (d) shall be remitted to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state general fund.

History: L. 1977, ch. 172, § 13; L. 1998, ch. 67, § 13; L. 2000, ch. 46, § 2; L. 2013, ch. 44, § 16; July 1.


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