SB 994 - This act creates the Missouri Electrical Licensing Board to regulate and license electrical contractors. The board has eight members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Except for the initial members of the board, the members will serve four year terms. The board members may be reimbursed for expenses and receive compensation up to seventy dollars a day.

The Division of Professional Registration is authorized to administer the provisions of this act, set all applicable fees, approve certifying agencies for professions within the electrical industry, and negotiate reciprocity agreements with other states.

The act creates a statewide license for certain electrical contractors. The act does not apply to employees of an electric, gas, water, or railroad company, contractors who service the construction and maintenance of power lines or substations for an electrical utility, telecommunication company, radio or television broadcast stations, commercial mobile radio service providers, broadcast engineering contractors, and contractors who work with cabling infrastructure.

Electrical contractors operating in political subdivisions that do not require local licenses for contractors will not be required to have a state license. The state license for electrical contractors will allow the contractor to operate in any jurisdiction regardless of local licensing requirements.

Each electrical contracting firm is required to employ at least one licensed electrical contractor as a supervisor. The requirements that applicants must meet to be licensed by the state, include among other requirements: proof that the applicant has 500,000 dollars of insurance coverage, passing a national electrical assessment examination, and proof of a certain number of hours of practical experience.

The division is required to notify political subdivisions when an electrical contractor transfers employment from one company to another to check that all permits on the contractor's license are cleared.

The board is authorized to file a disciplinary complaint against contractors for specific violations. After the Administrative Hearing Commission finds that grounds for discipline are met, the board may place the contractor on probation, or suspend or revoke the contractor's license.

Any person or corporation who knowingly violates any provision of the act is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

This act is similar to HB 1026 (2009).


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