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HB 257/LM (BR 290) - S. Santoro, L. Clark, C. Miller

     AN ACT relating to electrical inspections.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 227A to specify contents of an electrical permit and stipulate that applying for a permit implies consent to an electrical inspection; require the Department of Housing Buildings and Construction to appoint and assign electrical inspectors to each county; permit the department to allow local governments to administer inspection program; require certain work conducted by an electrical utility on customer's property to be performed by an electrician or master electrician, repeal sections of KRS Chapter 227 and reenact as new sections of KRS Chapter 227A with specified changes; reenact and amend KRS 227.460 to provide for electrical inspections by the department if a city fails to establish an authorized program; reenact and amend KRS 227.480 to allow permit applications to be submitted the following day in emergency situations; exempt homeowners doing work on their own home; require the department to promulgate regulations describing circumstances where inspections are required; reenact and amend KRS 227.487 to allow local programs with a fee schedule established as of January 1, 2013, to continue and to specify requirements for electrical work requiring a permit; reenact and amend KRS 227.489 to conform; reenact and amend KRS 227.491 to specify recordkeeping requirements by inspectors; reenact and amend KRS 227.492 to conform; reenact and amend KRS 227.495 to give inspectors the authority to pull an electrical service under certain conditions; specify scheduling requirements for inspection; provide permit holder appeal rights; reenact and amend KRS 227.530 to assign the Electrical Advisory Committee to the Electrical Division and appoint the commissioner to the committee; amend KRS 227A.010 to define "alteration," "commissioner," "division," "electrical inspector," "electrical system," and "repair"; amend KRS 227A.030 to conform; amend KRS 227A.050 to appropriate funds in the trust and agency account for the administration and enforcement responsibilities of the division; amend KRS 227A.130 to allow local governments to fix penalties for violations and to establish fines for violation of the chapter; amend KRS 198B.060 to allow local governments to petition for authority to approve electrical permits if the provisions of KRS Chapter 227A are met; amend KRS 211.350 and 227.205 to conform; repeal KRS 132.815, 227.450, and 227.500.


     HFA (1, S. Santoro) - Retain original provisions; add a new Section 1 to encourage local governments to employ or contract with multiple inspectors or to enter into cooperative agreements to ensure timeliness of inspections; revise Section 7 to change the frequency with which a homeowner may obtain a homeowner permit from once every five years to once every two years.
     SFA (1, T. Buford) - Retain original provisions, except reduce fine amount from a minimum of $1,000 to a minimum of $100 and reduce the maximum fine permitted from $2,000 to a maximum of $500 for each offense.

     Feb 6-introduced in House
     Feb 7-to Licensing & Occupations (H)
     Feb 8-posted in committee
     Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 19-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 20, 2013
     Feb 20-3rd reading, passed 85-14 with floor amendment (1)
     Feb 21-received in Senate
     Feb 26-to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Mar 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 6-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 7-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 7, 2013; 3rd reading, passed 21-14 with floor amendment (1)
     Mar 26-received in House; to Rules (H); posted for passage for concurrence in Senate floor amendment (1) ; House concurred in Senate floor amendment (1) ; passed 50-32

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