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Below is the most recent list of the top-priority proposed legislation CEDIA is tracking and lobbying on. (Last updated 1/22/16)

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Bill # Category Synopsis Last Action Sponsor
GA H.B. 593 Low-Voltage As substituted: The Division of Low-voltage Contractors shall be authorized to require persons seeking renewal of Low-voltage Contractor Class LV-A, Low-voltage Contractor Class LV-T, Low-voltage Contractor Class LV-U, and Low-voltage Contractor Class LV-Glicenses to complete board approved continuing education of not more than four hours annually. The division shall be authorized to approve courses offered by institutions of higher learning, vocational-technical schools, and trade, technical, or professional organizations; provided, however, that continuing education courses or programs related to low-voltage contracting provided or conducted by public utilities, equipment manufacturers, or institutions under the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia shall constitute acceptable continuing professional education programs for the purposes of this subsection. Continuing education courses or programs conducted by manufacturers specifically to promote their products shall not be approved. 02/08/2016 In House; Reconsidered; Vote #499Yea(104) Nay(50) NV(12) Exc(14) Lee Hawkins
IN S.B. 312
Electrical Licensing Establishes the electrical licensing
board. Requires electrical
contractors to be licensed.
Establishes licensing requirements
for electrical contractors. Adds
references to electrical licensing to
the statutes that affect licensing
boards.

01/07/2016 Introduced;
First reading: referred to
Committee on
Commerce &
Technology
Rick Niemeyer
IN S.B. 386 E-Waste Requires every producer of a product or material that results in waste packaging or waste printed paper to register with the department of environmental management (department) and, either singly or jointly with one or more other producers, to submit to the department for approval a producer recycling program plan under which the producer or group of producers will provide for or finance the recycling of packaging and printed paper. Provides that a proposed producer recycling program plan must include a description of the methods by which packaging and printed paper will be collected from households in a convenient manner in all parts of Indiana and recycled, an explanation of how the plan will be financed, and other contents. Requires a producer or group of producers to solicit comments and input from stakeholders on its proposed producer recycling program plan.

01/12/2016 Introduced; First reading: referred to Committee on Environmental Affairs
Stoops
KY H.B. 439
Security Licensing, Low-Voltage
Amends various sections of KRS Chapters 227 and 227A to update terminology used to define the scope of the telecommunications exception and make consistent with other state and federal law and the evolution of low-voltage technology; establish a limited low-voltage exception for wireless home surveillance, security alarm, or energy management systems; clarify the applicability of the National Electrical code to unlicensed electrical work; add two members of the low-voltage profession to the Electrical Advisory Committee; require the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction to establish separate classifications specific to the diverse qualifications and technical needs of the low-voltage industries.
03/10/2016 Posted in committee  
Larry Clark
LA S.B. 336  Electrical Licensing As engrossed on 04/06 -- Relative to the State Licensing Board for Contractors; to provide certain definitions, terms, procedures, conditions, and effects; to provide relative to board composition and procedure; to provide relative to license issuance; to provide certain requirements and exceptions; to provide relative to residential contracting; to provide certain sanctions and penalties; and to provide for related matters. Electrical contractor" means any person who undertakes to, attempts to, or submits a price or bid or offers to construct, supervise, superintend, oversee, direct, or in any manner assume charge of the construction, alteration, repair, improvement, movement, demolition, putting up, tearing down, or furnishing labor together with material and equipment, or installing the same for the wiring, fixtures, or appliances for the supply of electricity to, or use of electricity within, any residential, commercial, or other project, when the cost of the undertaking exceeds the sum of ten thousand dollars. This Paragraph shall not be deemed or construed to limit the authority of a contractor, general contractor, or residential building contractor, as those terms are defined in this Section, nor to require such individuals to become an electrical contractor.
05/23/2016 In House; Involuntarily deferred in committee.  Martiny
MA H.B. 192 Electrical Licensing An Act relative to a twenty-first century systems license 11/23/2015 Joint Hearing scheduled for 12/01/2015
Colleen
MA H.B.
242

Electrical
Licensing
An Act relative to telecommunications systems contractors and technicians
05/27/2015 Joint Hearing scheduled for 06/02/2015
Naughton
MA H.B.
3846 
Low-Voltage
An Act relative to streamlined low-voltage alarm system installation and permitting 01/20/2016 Joint Hearing scheduled for 01/26/2016
Robert F.
Fennell
MO H.B.
2063
Electrical
Licensing
This bill creates the Missouri Electrical Industry Licensing Board. The board will consist of nine members and any member may be removed from the board by the Governor for neglect of duty, incompetency, or unethical conduct. The board along with the Division of Professional Registration must adopt rules regarding licensure, professional conduct, and competency requirements. The division in conjunction with the board may negotiate reciprocal licensing agreements with other states. The bill provides license requirements for a statewide electrical contractor's license. Electrical contractors who hold a license that was issued in this state which required, prior to 2005, the passage of an examination, and who have completed twelve thousand hours of practical experience shall be issued a statewide license. Each electrical contracting firm must have at least one licensed electrical contractor at a supervisory level. Persons operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require a local license are not required to possess a statewide license to operate as an electrical contractor in such political subdivision. Political subdivisions are still allowed to establish their own local electrical contractor's license, but must recognize a statewide license in lieu of a local license for the purposes of performing contracting work within the political subdivision. The bill also creates the Missouri Electrical Industry Licensing Board Fund and any money remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium must not go to the credit of the General Revenue Fund. When a licensed electrical contractor transfers employment to a new company, then all permits on the license must first be cleared. The licensee must notify the division of the licensee's intent to transfer employment and any current active permits on the license. Upon notification, the division must notify all affected political subdivisions. The board may suspend or refuse to issue or renew a license for causes specified in the bill. The board must publish a list of valid statewide license holders, a list of current enforcement actions against license holders, and procedures for filing grievances against licensees. An individual whose license has been revoked must wait one year to reapply for licensure, and relicensure is at the discretion of the board. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this act is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. 2/19 amendments: click here 02/18/2016 In House; House committee substitute Reported Do Pass
Mathews
MO S.B. 773 Electrical Licensing This act creates the Missouri Electrical Industry Licensing Board. The Board shall consist of nine members from various districts created in the act. The Board along with the Division of Professional Registration shall adopt rules regarding licensure, professional conduct, and competency requirements. The Division in conjunction with the Board may negotiate reciprocal licensing agreements with other states. The act provides license requirements for a statewide electrical contractor's license. Electrical contractors who hold a license that was issued in this state which required, prior to 2016, the passage of an examination, and who have completed twelve thousand hours of practical experience shall be issued a statewide license. Each electrical contracting firm must have at least one licensed electrical contractor at a supervisory level. A person operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require a local license is not required to possess a statewide license to operate as an electrical contractor in such political subdivision. Political subdivisions are still allowed to establish their own local electrical contractor's license, but shall recognize a statewide license in lieu of a local license for the purposes of performing contracting work within the political subdivision. The act also creates the Missouri Electrical Industry Licensing Board Fund which shall consists of money collected under the act. Any money remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not go to the credit of the general revenue fund. When an licensed electrical contractor transfers employment to a new company, then all permits on the license must first be cleared. The licensee must notify the Division of the licensee's intent to transfer employment and any current active permits on the license. Upon notification, the Division must notify all affected political subdivisions. The Board may suspend or refuse to issue or renew a license for causes specified in the act. The Board must publish a list of valid statewide license holders, a list of current enforcement actions against license holders, and procedures for filing grievances against licensees. An individual whose license has been revoked must wait one year to reapply for licensure, and relicensure is at the discretion of the board. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. This act is substantially similar to SB 250 (2015), SB 755 (2014), and HB 762 (2013). 02/29/2016 Hearing Conducted Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Onder
NJ A.B. 1972
Electrical Licensing    
Revises law concerning alarm business licensees. Pursuant to P.L.1997, c.305 (C.45:5A-23 et al.), locksmiths, burglar alarm, fire alarm and electronic security businesses, and their employees, are licensed and regulated by the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.  This bill changes the definition of “electronic security system” contained in the law.
01/27/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee
Prieto
NJ A.B. 3575 Low-Voltage This bill establishes guidelines concerning the installation of low-voltage alarm systems in the State. Under the bill, a "low-voltage alarm system project" means a project related to the installation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, or service of a new or existing alarm system that is hardwired and operating at low voltage, as defined in the National Electrical Code Standard 70, Current Edition, and ancillary components or equipment attached to such a system, including, but not limited to, home-automation equipment, thermostats, and video cameras. The bill requires that a contractor installing a system purchase a uniform permit sticker from the local enforcement agency for not more than $40. The bill also stipulates that a permit is not required for the maintenance or repair of a low-voltage alarm system or the installation of a wireless alarm system. Finally, after installation, local enforcement agency may coordinate directly with the owner or customer to inspect a low-voltage alarm system project to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. If a low-voltage alarm system project fails an inspection, the bill requires a contractor to take corrective action as necessary to pass inspection at no cost to the local enforcement agency, owner, or customer. 04/04/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee
Kennedy
NJ S.B. 1902 Low-Voltage, Alarm Licensing This bill establishes guidelines concerning the installation of low-voltage alarm systems in the State. Under the bill, a "low-voltage alarm system project" means a project related to the installation, maintenance, inspection, replacement, or service of a new or existing alarm system that is hardwired and operating at low voltage, as defined in the National Electrical Code Standard 70, Current Edition, and ancillary components or equipment attached to such a system, including, but not limited to, home-automation equipment, thermostats, and video cameras. The bill requires that a contractor installing a system purchase a uniform permit sticker from the local enforcement agency for not more than $40. The bill also stipulates that a permit is not required for the maintenance or repair of a low-voltage alarm system or the installation of a wireless alarm system. Finally, after installation, local enforcement agency may coordinate directly with the owner or customer to inspect a low-voltage alarm system project to ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. If a low-voltage alarm system project fails an inspection, the bill requires a contractor to take corrective action as necessary to pass inspection at no cost to the local enforcement agency, owner, or customer. 03/10/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee Scutari
PA H.B. 1284
Electrical Licensing
An Act providing for licensure of electrical contractors, electricians and apprentice electricians; establishing the State Board of Electrical Licensure; providing for powers and duties of the board; establishing fees, fines and penalties; and making an appropriation.
06/05/2015 In House; Referred to PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE
Taylor
 

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