04RS HB461


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HB 461 (BR 1553) - M. Cherry

     AN ACT relating to electrical licensing and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 227.480 to prohibit the issuance of a permit unless the applicant submits proof of being licensed as an electrical contractor or of acting on behalf of a licensed electrical contractor; amend KRS 227A.010 to prohibit a master electrician from working for more than one electrical contractor if the electrical contractor is not a master electrician and the contractor has employed the master electrician full-time; amend KRS 227A.100 to change the license renewal time from the anniversary date of the license to the last day of the licensee's birth month; to allow the department to establish an inactive license for licensees who are not actively engaged in the electrical business but wish to maintain their license, to reduce the license and renewal fees of inactive licensees, to waive the insurance requirements for inactive licensees; amend KRS 227A.080 to allow the department to issue a pending license to an applicant prior to July 15, 2004; EMERGENCY.


     HCS - Retain original provisions of bill, except amend KRS 227A.030 to exempt low-voltage, power-limited installations by persons licensed under various statutes; require the department to determine experience and testing for low-voltage installer certification and to set fees not to exceed actual cost of issuing certificate.

     HFA (1, D. Ford) - Permit a person who has twenty-five years or more experience in electrical contracting or heating, ventilation, or air conditioning to qualify for licensing as an electrical contractor without taking and passing an examination.

     HFA (2, J. Coleman) - Allow a person to be licensed as an electrician upon submitting an application, paying fees, and passing an examination if the applicant completes a postsecondary electrical program that culminates in a diploma or degree; require that the program be substantially equivalent to a program approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

     SCS - Amend to retain original provisions except delete provisions that allow a person to be licensed as an electrician upon submitting an application paying fees, and passing an examination if the applicant completes a postsecondary electrical program that culminated in a diploma or degree.

     Feb 5-introduced in House
     Feb 6-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 19-posted in committee
     Feb 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 26-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2004; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 2-floor amendment (2) filed
     Mar 4-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2)
     Mar 5-received in Senate
     Mar 10-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Mar 17-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 18-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 19-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 22, 2004
     Mar 22-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 23-received in House; to Rules (H)
     Mar 24-posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute for Thursday, March 25, 2004
     Mar 29-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 93-1; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor
     Apr 7-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 81)

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