SB 405-FN – VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES
SENATE BILL 405-FN
This bill requires the certification of airborne radon mitigation system installers.
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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen
AN ACT requiring the certification of airborne radon mitigation systems.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 New Section; Airborne Radon Mitigation Installer Certification Required. Amend RSA 310-A by inserting after section 189 the following new section:
310-A:189-a Airborne Radon Mitigation Installer Certification Required.
I.(a) Any person engaged in the design or installation of airborne radon mitigation devices in New Hampshire shall hold a current certification from either the National Radon Proficiency Program offered by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, Inc., or the National Radon Safety Board.
(b) A person certified under subparagraph (a) shall be responsible for all workers who, under his or her supervision, perform tasks necessary to install an airborne radon mitigation device. Workers performing such tasks under the supervision of a person so certified shall not be required to be certified under subparagraph (a).
II. The board of home inspectors shall inform the public through their website that persons engaged in designing or installing airborne radon mitigation devices shall be certified under paragraph I and shall provide links to the websites of the certifying organizations.
III. Whoever falsely claims to be certified under this section through advertising, signage, or other written or oral representation shall be guilty of a violation if a natural person or guilty of a class B misdemeanor if any other person.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.
SB 405-FN FISCAL NOTE
AN ACT requiring the registration of airborne radon mitigation system installers with the board of home inspectors.
The Joint Board of Licensure and Certification, and the Judicial Branch state this bill, as amended by the House (Amendment #2014-1250h), may increase state general fund revenue and expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2015 and each year thereafter. There will be no impact on county and local revenue and expenditures.
The Joint Board of Licensure and Certification states this bill establishes a registry of radon mitigation system installers with the Board of Home Inspectors, a component unit of the Joint Board. The Joint Board states it has no information regarding the number of potential candidates for registration and is therefore unable to determine the number of installers who might seek registration and pay the $20 per year fee instituted by the bill. The Joint Board projects that the amount of revenue collected will be sufficient to produce estimated revenues equal to 125 percent of the direct operating expenses of the Board of Home Inspectors pursuant to RSA 310-A:188.
The Judicial Branch states the bill provides that anyone falsely claiming to be certified as a radon mitigation installer will be guilty of a violation if a natural person and a class B misdemeanor if any other person. The Branch has no information on which to estimate how many additional violation-level offenses will result from the bill, but does have information on the average cost of processing such cases. The Branch projects that the average cost of processing a violation-level offense will be $45.46 in FY 2015, and $46.45 in FY 2016, and that the average cost of processing a class B misdemeanor will be $46.99 in FY 2015, and $48.02 in FY 2016. These projections are based on studies more than eight years old, and do not consider the cost of any appeals that may be undertaken following trial.