Bill Details - SB135 (2017)

SB 135-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0777

10/05

 

SENATE BILL 135-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the regulation of electricians.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows for the regulation of electrical installations done without compensation, authorizes voluntary inspection fees and identification of inspectors, and updates the National Electrical Code in the state building code.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0777

10/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to the regulation of electricians.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Electricians; Regulation.  Amend RSA 319-C:1 to read as follows:

319-C:1  Electricians.  No electrical installation shall be made [for compensation], unless made by an electrician or other person licensed by the electricians' board, except as provided in this chapter.

2  New Paragraph; Electricians; Inspectors; Identification.  Amend RSA 319-C:5 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraph:

V.  A city or town building official or code enforcement officer designated by the administrative authority of the city or town, shall have the authority to check the license or identification issued under this chapter to an inspector.

3  Electricians; Fees for Voluntary Inspections.  Amend RSA 319-C:6-b to read as follows:

319-C:6-b Fees.  The board shall establish application fees for examination of applicants, fees for licensure, for renewal, and for late renewal of licenses to practice under this chapter, [and] for transcribing and transferring records, for voluntary inspections done by an inspector under RSA 319-C:5, and other services.  The fee for examination shall not include fees charged by and paid to an examination entity approved by the board.  The fees established by the board shall be sufficient to produce estimated revenues equal to 125 percent of the direct operating expenses of the board budgeted for the biennium in which they will apply.  Fees collected shall be deposited in the general fund as unrestricted revenue.

4  State Building Code; National Electrical Code.  Amend RSA 155-A:1, IV to read as follows:

IV.  "New Hampshire building code'' or "state building code'' means the adoption by reference of the International Building Code 2009, the International Existing Building Code 2009, the International Plumbing Code 2009, the International Mechanical Code 2009, the International Energy Conservation Code 2009, and the International Residential Code 2009, as published by the International Code Council, and the National Electrical Code [2014] 2017, as amended by the state building code review board and ratified by the legislature in accordance with RSA 155-A:10.  The provisions of any other national code or model code referred to within a code listed in this definition shall not be included in the state building code unless specifically included in the codes listed in this definition.

5  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 4 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0777

1/20/17

 

SB 135-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the regulation of electricians.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

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   Appropriation

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   Revenue

Indeterminable

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   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill would require electrical installations, whether for compensation or not, to be made by electricians or other persons licensed by the Electrician’s Board.  It allows for the establishment of fees for voluntary inspections done by a Board appointed inspector and updates a reference to the National Electrical Code within the State Building Code.  City or town building officials or code enforcement officers shall have the authority to check the license or identification of inspectors.  The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) estimates the number of voluntary inspections requested would be minimal, but there would be costs associated with fueling State-owned vehicles traveling to the locations.  The fee to be determined by the Board of Electricians is unknown but would increase OPLC unrestricted revenue.  The New Hampshire Municipal Association indicates it is unlikely to affect municipal revenues or expenditures.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 5
Feb. 1, 2017 Hearing: 02/01/2017, Room 101, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 8
Feb. 23, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0477s, 02/23/2017; SC 11
Feb. 23, 2017 Sen. Carson Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; 02/23/2017; SJ 7
Feb. 23, 2017 Pending Motion Committee Amendment # 2017-0477s; 02/23/2017; SJ 7
March 30, 2017 Sen. Bradley Moved to Remove From Table, MA, VV; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Sen. Daniels Waived Referral to Finance; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Committee Amendment # 2017-0477s, AA, VV; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Sen. Carson Offered Floor Amendment # 2017-1215s; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Sen. Giuda Moved to Divide the Question on 2017-1215; Sections 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6; and Sections 3 and 6; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 The Chair ruled the Question Divisible; 03/30/2017 SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Sections 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, AA, VV; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Sections 3 and 6, RC 16Y-6N, AA; 03/30/2017 SJ 12
March 30, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2017-0477s and 2017-1215s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/30/2017; SJ 12
March 23, 2017 Introduced 03/23/2017 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 11 P. 27
April 12, 2017 Public Hearing: 04/12/2017 02:00 PM LOB 306
April 25, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 04/25/2017 09:00 AM LOB 306
May 2, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 05/02/2017 11:00 AM LOB 306
May 16, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 05/16/2017 10:00 AM LOB 306
May 16, 2017 Executive Session: 05/16/2017 10:30 AM LOB 306
June 1, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1805h for 06/01/2017 (Vote 14-0; CC) HC 26 P. 7
June 1, 2017 Amendment # 2017-1805h: AA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 16
June 1, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 1805h: MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 16
June 8, 2017 Sen. Carson Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, RC 18Y-5N, MA; 06/08/2017; SJ 19
June 22, 2017 Enrolled 06/22/2017 HJ 19 P. 23
June 22, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 06/22/2017); SJ 20
July 5, 2017 Signed by the Governor on 07/05/2017; Chapter 0201
Jan. 1, 2018 I. Section 3 Effective 01/01/2018
Sept. 3, 2017 II. Remainder Effective 09/03/2017

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 1, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 12, 2017 House Hearing
May 16, 2017 House Exec Session
June 1, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB135 Revision: 1183 Date: July 6, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
SB135 Revision: 1184 Date: June 8, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
SB135 Revision: 1185 Date: June 2, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
SB135 Revision: 1186 Date: May 3, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
SB135 Revision: 1187 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 9:40 a.m.