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At press time, a bill to exempt all elevators on the Capitol campus from regulation by the elevator safety board had passed both chambers and awaited the governor's signature. Why the exemption, you ask? It's Secretary of State Mark Martin's bill, according to the sponsor, Rep. Barry Hyde, though Martin's spokesman insists the bill comes from the Labor Department, which houses the elevator safety board. (The Labor Department also says it's Martin's bill.) It's all about a decrepit freight elevator at the Capitol Hill apartments, where select legislators are housed by Innkeeper Martin. There's a question of whether the elevator can continue to receive a waiver from elevator safety regulations. A fix could cost $1.8 million for a new elevator, which Martin understandably would like to avoid. Our best guess? Martin is jousting for a political win over the elevator regulators, with the legislation to pressure granting of another waiver. He's reportedly been unwilling to accept legislation that would merely exempt the freight elevator.

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