SB158 (SD140) – An Act relative to preventing discrimination on certain boards of registration

Amends three different sections related to boards of registration by adding provisions that these boards must include persons who represent all of the industry, members who are signatory to a collective bargaining agreement and members who are not signatory to a collective bargaining agreement. The three boards are the State Examiners of Electricians (GL 13:32), the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters (GL 13:36), and the Board of Examiners of Sheet Metal Workers (GL 13:101).

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SB161 – An Act strengthening the enforcement of certain licenses
Establishes a new Wiring Inspector Education Trust Fund on the books of the Commonwealth. The fund is to be financed 50% from monies paid to the state’s Board of Electrical Examiners or Board of Electricians Appeals together with any interest earned on the investments, and is in turn to finance the awards of grants to inspector of wires associations, cities or towns in the commonwealth to provide education, training, professional and support services for the benefit of inspectors. The bill also raises a number of fines or fees, including such things like persons practicing these trades without a license.

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SB172  – An Act relative to the inclusion of online courses in mandatory continuing education for electricians
Amends GL 141 (Supervision of Electricians) by adding provisions that the Board of Electricians may adopt rules and regulations for a system of continuing education, including a list of approved online and classroom based courses, as a condition precedent for license renewal. Continuing education course providers may apply for placement on the list of approved continuing education courses through regulations established by the Board.

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HB136 (HD1810) – An Act relative to apprentice electricians
Amends GL 141:8 (Electrician Apprentices) to require such apprentices to register with the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Training; requires such registration to be renewed annually; establishes a $20 annual fee; prohibits an apprentice from sitting for the licensing test without such registration; requires companies employing apprentices to pay $300 annually to the board of state examiners of electricians.

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HB147 (HD642) – An Act relative to clarifying homeowners right to perform electrical work
Amends GL 143:3L by prohibiting the inspector of wires from rejecting a permit application from an applicant who is not a licensed electrician if the property indicated on the application is; the applicant’s primary residence, the applicant is the owner of the property, and the property is a single family home.

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HB155 (HD117)An Act to strengthen enforcement of Chapter 141 and 147 licenses
Adds new section to GL Chapter 10 (Department of the State Treasurer) to establish a Wiring Inspector Education Trust Fund. the Fund is to consist of 50% of the amounts paid to the Board of Electrical Examiners or Their Board of Appeals. Separately, the bill amends GL 112:65A to increase maximum fines for practicing a trade or profession without a license to a range of $2,500 to $5,000; amends GL 141:5 to provide for increased fines for those who engage in electrical work without conforming with the procedures and principles provided in GL c.141; amends GL 143:3L to increase the fine for failing to notify the inspector of wires about work to be done, to $5,000; and amends GL 143:3P to streamline the appeals process to the Electricians Board.

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HB1734 (HD669) – An Act relative to installation of electrical sub-meters
Amends provisions of GL c. 25A (Division of Energy Resources) to require the Commissioner of Energy Resources to prepare a state plan and to require electrical sub-meters to be installed in buildings renting to certain industrial or business tenants. The plan will require each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter must be provided with a monthly statement showing the amount of electricity measured by the sub-meter. These provisions apply only to buildings that exceed 50,000 gross square feet, two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 100,000 gross square feet, or two or more buildings held in the condominium form of ownership that are governed by the same board of managers and that together exceed 100,000 gross square feet; in addition, each covered tenant space must be larger than 10,000 gross square feet on one or more floors of a covered building let or sublet to the same person, or a floor of a covered building larger than 10,000 gross square feet consisting of tenant spaces let or sublet to two or more different persons.

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HB1992 (HD2298) – An Act relative to telecommunications systems contractors and technicians
Amends GL 141 regulating the licensing and supervision of electricians, to include work performed on telecommunication systems used to send and/or receive voice, sound, video, telephony, digital, data, and/or video transmissions; directs the State Examiners of Electricians to issue limited C and D certificates to those with at least 3 years of verifiable and continuous telecommunications systems experience, even if applicants lack sufficient experience for fire warning or security systems; restricts holders of limited C and D certificates to working in the business or occupation of installing telecommunications systems.

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HB2812 (HD3038) – An Act relative to the licensure of swimming pool builders and service contractors
Amends Chapter 140 (licenses) by adding new section 207 requiring the Division of ProfessionalLicensure to license and regulate swimming pool builders, maintenance, service, and repair technicians. Requires DPL to establish rules and regs, educational and testing standards for such licensing. Exempts persons engaged in swimming pool construction and installation prior to July 1, 2017, in that DPL shall issue such license upon demonstration by the applicant of experience and training sufficient to qualify for such license. Prohibits any person from working in the swimming pool industry without a swimming pool builder license or service license issued by the DPL. A person licensed pursuant to this bill is not permitted to perform electrical work, plumbing and piping work, as defined in Chapters 141 and 142. The bill establishes monetary penalties for violating the licensing requirements issued by DPL. Note DPL is an umbrella agent servicing the Boards of Professional Licensure. Each profession is licensed and regulated by a board of registration for its profession. The boards establish licensing standards, conducts qualifying examinations and conducts investigation of professional complaints of misconduct and conducts enforcement actions. See new draft HB4359 below.

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HB4359 – An Act relative to the licensure of swimming pool builders and service contractors
Establishes a new GL 140:207, requiring and regulating the licensing of any person engaged in swimming pool construction, installation, maintenance, service and repair work by the Massachusetts board of building regulations and standards; directs the board to establish rules regarding the experience, training and examinations necessary to obtain a license; requires the rules to comply with the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code; allows the board to issue licenses to individuals engaged in such work prior to July 1, 2018 without an examination if they demonstrate equivalent training and experience; prohibits engaging in pool work without a license, or without working for a company with a license; prohibits licensed pool professionals from engaging in electrical, plumbing, piping, heating or cooling work without the necessary licenses for those professions; establishes fines for engaging in pool work without the appropriate license; imposes a $150 fee for the licenses; requires licensure by July 1, 2019. (New draft of HB2812. The new draft replaces the division of professional licensure with the board of building regulations and standards, requires compliance with the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, and makes additional technical changes.)

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