Senate File 159 - Enrolled




                                             SENATE FILE 159

                             AN ACT
 RELATING TO ELECTRICIAN LICENSURE BY MODIFYING EXISTING
    PROVISIONS AND SPECIFYING NEW CLASSIFICATIONS.

 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

    Section 1.  Section 103.1, Code 2009, is amended by adding
 the following new subsections:
    NEW SUBSECTION.  11A.  "Residential electrician" means a
 person having the necessary qualifications, training,
 experience, and technical knowledge to perform a residential
 installation.
    NEW SUBSECTION.  11B.  "Residential installation" means the
 wiring for or installation of electrical wiring, apparatus,
 and equipment in a residence consisting of no more than four
 living units within the same building.
    NEW SUBSECTION.  11C.  "Residential master electrician"
 means a person having the necessary qualifications, training,
 experience, and technical knowledge to properly plan, lay out,
 and supervise the performance of a residential installation.
    Sec. 2.  NEW SECTION.  103.10A  INACTIVE MASTER ELECTRICIAN
 LICENSE.
    The board may by rule create an inactive master electrician
 license and establish a fee for such a license.  An applicant
 for an inactive master electrician license shall, at a
 minimum, meet the requirements of this chapter and
 requirements established by the board by rule for licensure as
 a class A master electrician or a class B master electrician.
 A person licensed as an inactive master electrician shall not
 be authorized to act as a master electrician, but shall be
 authorized to apply for a class A master electrician license
 or a class B master electrician license at a future date
 subject to conditions and under procedures established by the
 board by rule.  The conditions and procedures shall include
 but not be limited to completion of the required number of
 contact hours of continuing education courses specified in
 section 103.18, and paying the applicable license fee
 specified in section 103.19 for a class A master electrician
 license or class B master electrician license.
    Sec. 3.  NEW SECTION.  103.12A  RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICIAN AND
 RESIDENTIAL MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSE == QUALIFICATIONS.
    1.  The board may by rule provide for the issuance of a
 residential electrician license, and may by rule provide for
 the issuance of a residential master electrician license.
    a.  A residential electrician license or residential master
 electrician license, if established by the board, shall be
 issued to applicants who meet qualifications determined by the
 board, and shall be valid for the performance of residential
 installations, subject to limitations or restrictions
 established by the board.
    b.  A person who, on or after the effective date of this
 Act, holds a special electrician license authorizing
 residential electrical installation, granted pursuant to
 section 103.13, shall be eligible for conversion of that
 special license to either a residential electrician license or
 a residential master electrician license, if established by
 the board, in accordance with requirements and procedures
 established by the board.
    2.  A person licensed by the board as a class A journeyman
 electrician or a class B journeyman electrician, or as a class
 A master electrician or a class B master electrician, shall
 not be required to hold a residential electrician or
 residential master electrician license to perform any type of
 residential installation authorized for a person licensed
 pursuant to this section.
    3.  The board may reject an application for licensure under
 this section from an applicant who would be subject to
 suspension, revocation, or reprimand pursuant to section
 103.35.
    Sec. 4.  Section 103.13, Code 2009, is amended to read as
 follows:
    103.13  SPECIAL ELECTRICIAN LICENSE == QUALIFICATIONS.
    1.  The board shall by rule provide for the issuance of
 special electrician licenses authorizing the licensee to
 engage in a limited class or classes of electrical work, which
 class or classes shall be specified on the license.  Each
 licensee shall have experience, acceptable to the board, in
 each such limited class of work for which the person is
 licensed.  The board may reject an application for licensure
 under this section from an applicant who would be subject to
 suspension, revocation, or reprimand pursuant to section
 103.35.
    2.  Notwithstanding section 103.8, a person who holds a
 special electrician license is not required to obtain an
 electrical contractor license to engage in the business of
 providing new electrical installations or any other electrical
 services if such installations or services fall within the
 limited class of special electrical work for which the person
 holds the special electrician license.
    3.  The board may reject an application for licensure under
 this section from an applicant who would be subject to
 suspension, revocation, or reprimand pursuant to section
 103.35.
    Sec. 5.  Section 103.19, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code
 2009, is amended to read as follows:
    a.  For each year of the three=year license period for
 issuance and renewal:
    (1)  Electrical contractor, one hundred twenty=five
 dollars.
    (2)  Class A master electrician, class B master
 electrician, residential master electrician, one hundred
 twenty=five dollars.
    (3)  Class A journeyman electrician, class B journeyman
 electrician, residential electrician, or special electrician,
 twenty=five dollars.
    Sec. 6.  Section 103.19, Code 2009, is amended by adding
 the following new subsection:
    NEW SUBSECTION.  3.  If the board determines that all
 licenses shall expire on the same date every three years for
 licenses specified in subsection 1, paragraph "a", the license
 fees shall be prorated by month.  The board shall determine an
 individual's license fee based on the number of months that
 the individual's license will be in effect after being issued
 and prior to expiration.
    Sec. 7.  Section 103.22, Code 2009, is amended by adding
 the following new subsections:
    NEW SUBSECTION.  13.  Apply to a person otherwise licensed
 pursuant to this chapter who is engaged in the wiring or
 installation of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment
 while presenting a course of instruction relating to home
 construction technology, or a similar course of instruction,
 offered to students by a community college established under
 chapter 260C, an institution under the control of the state
 board of regents, or a school corporation.  A student enrolled
 in such a course of instruction shall not be considered an
 apprentice electrician or unclassified person, and supervision
 ratios as provided in section 103.15, subsection 3, shall not
 be applicable.  The board shall by rule establish inspection
 procedures in the event that the home constructed pursuant to
 the course is intended for eventual occupation as a residence.
    NEW SUBSECTION.  14.  Prohibit a person from performing
 work on an emergency basis as determined by the board.
    Sec. 8.  Section 103.25, Code 2009, is amended to read as
 follows:
    103.25  REQUEST FOR INSPECTION == FEES.
    1.  At or before commencement of any installation required
 to be inspected by the board, the licensee or property owner
 making such installation shall submit to the state fire
 marshal's office a request for inspection.  The board shall
 prescribe the methods by which the request may be submitted,
 which may include electronic submission or through a form
 prescribed by the board that can be submitted either through
 the mail or by a fax transmission.  The board shall also
 prescribe methods by which inspection fees can by be paid,
 which may include electronic methods of payment.  If the board
 or the state fire marshal's office becomes aware that a person
 has failed to file a necessary request for inspection, the
 board shall send a written notification by certified mail that
 the request must be filed within fourteen days.  Any person
 filing a late request for inspection shall pay a delinquency
 fee in an amount to be determined by the board.  A person who
 fails to file a late request within fourteen days shall be
 subject to a civil penalty to be determined by the board by
 rule.
    2.  Notwithstanding subsection 1, the board may by rule
 provide for the issuance of a single permit to a licensee to
 request multiple inspections.  The permit authorizes the
 licensee to perform new electrical installations specified in
 the permit.  The board shall prescribe the methods by which
 the request for multiple inspections may be submitted, which
 may include electronic submission or through a form prescribed
 by the board that can be submitted either through the mail or
 by a fax transmission.  The board shall also prescribe methods
 by which inspection fees can be paid, which may include
 electronic methods of payment.  The board may perform
 inspections of each new electrical installation or any portion
 of the total number of new electrical installations made under
 each permit.  The board shall establish fees for such permits,
 which shall not exceed the total inspection fees that would be
 required if each new electrical installation performed under
 the request for multiple inspections had been performed under
 individual requests for inspections as provided in subsection
 1.
    Sec. 9.  Section 103.29, subsection 4, Code 2009, is
 amended to read as follows:
    4.  A political subdivision is authorized to determine what
 work may be performed by a class B licensee within the
 jurisdictional limits of the political subdivision, provided,
 however, that a political subdivision shall not prohibit a
 class B licensee from performing any type of work that the
 licensee was authorized to perform within the political
 subdivision under the authority of a license validly issued or
 recognized by the political subdivision on December 31, 2007.
    Sec. 10.  Section 103.30, Code 2009, is amended to read as
 follows:
    103.30  INSPECTIONS NOT REQUIRED.
    1.  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require
 the work of employees of municipal utilities, railroads,
 electric membership or cooperative associations,
 investor=owned utilities, rural water associations or
 districts, or telecommunications systems to be inspected while
 acting within the scope of their employment.
    2.  The board may by rule exempt specified types of new
 electrical installations from the state electrical inspection
 requirements under section 103.23, provided that a political
 subdivision conducting inspections pursuant to section 103.24
 shall not be prohibited from requiring inspection of any new
 electrical installation exempt by rule from state inspection
 pursuant to this subsection.
    Sec. 11.  Section 103.33, subsection 3, Code 2009, is
 amended to read as follows:
    3.  Upon receipt of notice of appeal from a condemnation or
 disconnection order because the electrical installation is not
 in compliance with accepted standards of construction for
 safety to health and property, except as provided in
 subsection 2, the order appealed from shall be stayed until
 final decision of the board and the board shall notify the
 property owner and the electrical contractor, class A master
 electrician, class B master electrician, fire alarm installer,
 or special electrician, or if established by the board the
 residential master electrician, making the installation.  The
 power supplier shall also be notified in those instances in
 which the order has been served on such supplier.


                                                             
                               JOHN P. KIBBIE
                               President of the Senate


                                                             
                               PATRICK J. MURPHY
                               Speaker of the House

    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the Senate and
 is known as Senate File 159, Eighty=third General Assembly.


                                                             
                               MICHAEL E. MARSHALL
                               Secretary of the Senate
 Approved                , 2009


                                
 CHESTER J. CULVER
 Governor

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