CA Housing Bill update, New Chief in Alabama and more

Housing Bill voted down by CA Senate

SB 50, a bill to facilitate the construction of much-needed affordable housing in California, unfortunately was defeated by a vote of 18-15 by the state senate on January 30. NEII was a supporter of SB 50 and looks forward to working with the bill sponsor, Senator Scott Weiner, as he develops a substitute measure to promote multi-family housing construction, while keeping unnecessary costs to a minimum.

To further address the affordable housing crisis in California, NEII is working
separately to ensure that updates to the state’s elevator code do not stray too far away from the national model standards. Following the national model codes with few if any modifications spurs real estate development, avoids unnecessary construction delays and prevents increased costs for elevator installation and maintenance - all while promoting the highest level of safety.

California should take a holistic approach to fixing its housing crisis, starting with the passage of legislation to enable the construction of new affordable multi-family housing projects and the adoption of updated elevator codes that align with the national model elevator codes.

New Elevator Chief in Alabama

Early this month, Alabama’s Secretary of Labor announced Edward F. ‘Eddie’ Wiggins had been named the new Chief Inspector of the Boiler and Elevator Inspections Division. Mr. Wiggins can be contacted by email at or by phone at (334) 956-7412.

Making the World a Better Place

NEII is pleased to announce that we will begin authoring quarterly articles for Elevator World. NEII’s first column of 2020 was included in the February edition. Read Making the World a Better Place a piece that highlights how technological innovations and charitable activities within the elevator industry improve people’s lives.

Our next column will be published in the April edition and features the key updates to the 2019 edition of the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.

NEII's Antitrust Policy

We have recently received several requests for our antitrust policy. Here is a downloadable version that you can sign, date and return to Nicole Van Velzen and we will store in your NEII membership file. This also allows you to keep a copy for your records. All members who access NEII materials from the website or participate on a NEII committee or workgroup will be regularly asked to affirm receipt of the antitrust guidelines.

Elevator World's Photo Contest

The 2020 Elevator World Photo Contest is now open for submissions. Submit a photo in any of nine categories and you could win cash and be featured in ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. The deadline to submit a photo is April 24, 2020.

Upcoming Events

  • NEII CCC/GAC Meeting, Palm Beach, FL - March 3-5
  • NEII Communications Committee Meeting, Palm Beach, FL - March 4
  • NEII Coordinating Committee Meeting, Palm Beach, FL - March 5
  • NEII ASC-PSC meetings, Allen, TX – April 8-9
  • NEII Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting, Sacramento, CA – April 22
  • NEII BOD Meeting and NAEC/United Convention, Houston, TX - September 15


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