Mandatory safety upgrades for elevators inside North Carolina vacation cabins following the death of a child last year are among 19 other bills Governor Roy Cooper signed into law on Friday.
With 11 other bills signed on ThursdayCooper erased from his desk all but a handful of measures that the General Assembly left him last week when it adjourned.
The Democratic governor now has until Monday night to act on the seven remaining bills, which include spending adjustments to the state budget for the coming year and an effort by Republicans to force local sheriffs to help. federal immigration officials interested in recovering the defendants. Any bill he does not sign or veto by then will become law automatically.
Among the legislation signed Friday is a law named in memory of Weston Androw, a 7-year-old boy from Ohio who died in July 2021 in a vacation rental on the Outer Banks when he got stuck between the elevator car and the elevator shaft.
As of October 1, owners of these cabins or similar short-term rentals must reduce the gap between landing doors and elevator doors to no more than 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), for example by installing a guardrail on the landing door.
The bill also sets minimum strength requirements on elevator car doors and gates. The owner must document the improvements with the State Department of Insurance.
“While this action unfortunately cannot reverse the tragedy that killed Weston Androw, it does mean better protection to prevent future injuries and deaths,” Cooper said in a press release.
Other bills Cooper signed Friday include the Legislature’s annual farm measure and one that makes permanent the ability for certain qualified notaries to perform duties when the plaintiff communicates with them via live video. Such exceptions were initially allowed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another of the bills signed Friday also paves the way for the Sept. 1 statewide switch from paper death certificates to electronic death certificates filed by medical examiners and funeral directors.