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SB19-156

Sunset State Electrical Board

Concerning the continuation of the state electrical board, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on the state electrical board by:

  • Continuing the functions of the board for 13 years, until 2032 ( sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Repealing the limitations on the fees that local jurisdictions may charge ( section 7 );
  • Clarifying that cables and systems utilized for conveying power are not exempt from regulation when they are part of a building's electrical system ( section 7 );
  • Defining "direct supervision", with regard to the oversight of apprentices, and "supervision" of electrical work ( sections 3, 6, and 9 );
  • Repealing the requirement that the board notify an applicant that he or she is qualified to take a licensure examination ( section 5 );
  • Directing the governor to consider that at least one of the 4 members of the board who must be a master or journeyman electrician should be an electrician who works primarily in the residential sector ( section 4 );
  • Clarifying that traffic signals are exempt from regulation ( section 7 );
  • Repealing redundant language regarding an inspection exemption and obsolete language regarding providing copies of the electrical code and standards ( section 7 ); and
  • Subjecting to regulation the alteration of existing facilities that are otherwise exempt from regulation ( section 7 ).

Section 8 requires state electrical inspectors or inspectors employed by an incorporated town or city, county, city and county, or qualified state institution of higher education (entity) to develop standard procedures to advise inspectors on how to conduct a contemporaneous review to ensure compliance. Each entity must post its standard procedures on its public website and provide the director of the division of professions and occupations within the department of regulatory agencies with a link to the web page on which the standard procedures have been posted or, if the entity does not have a website, provide its current procedures to the director for posting on the department's website. The board can issue a cease-and-desist order to an entity that is conducting inspections that do not comply with statutory requirements.

Sections 10 through 17 make conforming amendments to harmonize the bill with House Bill 19-1172, the bill to recodify and reorganize title 12.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

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Passed
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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. R. Rodriguez
Rep. T. Sullivan

Sponsor

Co-sponsor

Sen. J. Tate, Sen. F. Winter
Rep. S. Bird, Rep. B. Buentello