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Sunset Plumbing Board

Concerning the continuation of the state plumbing board, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations in the 2023 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2024 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (DORA) in its 2023 sunset review of the state plumbing board (board). Sections 3 and 26 28 of the bill continue the board for 13 8 years to September 1, 2037 2032. Section 13 authorizes the board to discipline plumbers who aid or abet a person in violating the plumbing practice act or other statutes that apply to plumbers. Section 3 removes the statutory requirement that members of the board be confirmed by the senate of the Colorado general assembly. Section 3 removes the political affiliation requirement for the board, which requires that a major political party not have more than one member more than the other major political party. Sections 1, 7, and 9, and 10 clarify that the licensed categories of plumbers, plumbing apprentices, and registered plumbing contractors can work on water conditioning systems without being required to register with the board as a water conditioning contractor, principal, or installer. Sections 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, and 27, and 29 modernize the term "journeyman" by changing it to "journeyworker" throughout the plumbing practice act, effective July 1, 2025. Section 13 modifies the grounds for discipline of a licensee regarding habitual or excessive use or abuse of controlled substances or alcohol and removes "substance use disorder" as a ground for discipline. Sections 13 and 25 require a plumbing contractor to display the plumbing contractor's and attached master plumber's registration information on the plumbing contractor's vehicle and in other locations and makes a plumbing contractor's failure to display the required information grounds for discipline. Section 13 repeals the requirement that the board send a letter of admonition by certified mail. Section 17 requires persons who are engaged in the business of installing, removing, inspecting, testing, and repairing backflow prevention devices to be licensed, except when installing or testing a stand-alone fire suppression sprinkler system. Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 23 and 25 make technical changes, including to replace the word "administrator" with the word "director" where appropriate and to replace references to "he or she" with gender-neutral terms. Section 26 requires the DORA director of the division of professions and occupations to change the validity period for licenses and registrations issued or renewed by the board on or after March 1, 2025, to a period of three years.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details