HCS/HB 326 - This act shall be known as the Missouri Statewide Mechanical Contractor Licensing Act.
Under this act, the statewide mechanical license for mechanical contractors shall be regulated by the Division of Professional Registration, within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration. This act creates the Office of Mechanical Contractors within the Division, to carry out the provisions of this act.
Applicants for a statewide mechanical license must meet certain criteria set forth in the act. A corporation, firm, institution, organization, company, or representative seeking to engage in mechanical contracting, is required to employ at least one license holder. A statewide licensed mechanical contractor may represent only one entity at a time. (Section 324.959)
Political subdivisions may establish their own local mechanical contractor's license, but must recognize a statewide license in lieu of a local license for the purposes of performing contracting work or obtaining permits to perform work within such political subdivision. No political subdivision may require the employees of a statewide licensed mechanical contractor or its subcontractors or manufacturers' representatives to obtain journeymen licenses, apprenticeship licenses, or occupational licenses that require passing any examination or any special requirements to assess proficiency.
If a political subdivision does not recognize a statewide license in lieu of a local license, a statewide mechanical contractor licensee may file a complaint with the Division, which may investigate such complaint. If the Division finds that the political subdivision failed to recognize a statewide license, the Division shall notify the political subdivision of such violation and grant them 30 days to comply. If after 30 days the political subdivision does not comply, the Division shall notify the director of the Department of Revenue, who shall withhold any moneys the political subdivision would otherwise be entitled to from local sales tax until the political subdivision is in compliance. (Section 324.962)
This act establishes the Missouri Mechanical Contractor Licensing Fund in the state treasury, which shall be expended for the administration of this act. (Section 324.965)
Mechanical contractor licenses shall expire on a renewal date established by the Division. The Division shall, prior to the renewal date, mail a renewal notice to the last known address of each person licensed under this act. Failure to provide the Division with the information required for renewal or to pay the required fee shall result in the license being declared inactive. The license shall remain inactive until the licensee applies for reinstatement and pays the required fees, so long as the application for reinstatement is received within two years of the renewal date. (Section 324.968)
Any person operating as a mechanical contractor in a political subdivision shall not be required to possess a statewide license to operate as a mechanical contractor in such political subdivision. (Section 324.971)
The Division may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or license, and may cause a complaint to be filed with the Administrative Hearing Commission against any holder of a certificate of registration or license for causes set forth in the act. Upon a finding by the Administrative Hearing Commission that grounds for disciplinary action are met, the Division may censure or place such a person on probation for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend, for a period not to exceed three years, or revoke any license. Upon a judicial or administrative finding of a violation of this act, the Division may assess fines up to $5,000.(Section 324.980)
Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. (Section 324.983)
This act is identical to SB 376 (2019), is substantially similar to SCS/HB 705 (2019), and is similar to HB 2673 (2018).