SB 867
Establishes the Missouri Statewide Mechanical Contractor Licensing Act
Sponsor:
LR Number:
3601S.03C
Committee:
Last Action:
5/11/2022 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection
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Title:
SCS SB 867
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2022

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 867 - This act shall be known as the Missouri Statewide Mechanical Contractor Licensing Act. Under this act, the statewide mechanical contractor license for mechanical contractors shall be regulated by the Division of Professional Registration, within the Department of Commerce and Insurance. This act creates the Office of Mechanical Contractors within the Division to carry out the provisions of this act.

Applicants for a statewide mechanical contractor license must meet certain criteria set forth in the act. A corporation, firm, institution, organization, or company, or representative thereof, seeking to engage in work involving industrial mechanical contracting shall have in its employ at least one individual with a statewide mechanical contractor license, or a local license if the political subdivision requires a license, for every twenty individuals engaged in mechanical contracting for the work. For all other types of mechanical contracting, the corporation, firm, institution, organization, or company, or representative thereof, shall have at least one statewide mechanical contractor license holder, or a local license holder if the political subdivision requires a license.

A mechanical contractor shall have one license holder responsible for offering field employees eight contact hours of industry training each year, and mechanical contractors shall be responsible for providing proof of such training to the Division upon request.

In the event of a loss of a license holder, a mechanical contractor shall remain in good standing with the Division for six months after notifying the Division of such change. Within the six month period, a new license holder shall be registered with the Division. If no license holder is registered within such six month period, the Division shall declare the mechanical contractor inactive.

Political subdivisions may establish their own local mechanical contractor's license, but shall recognize a statewide mechanical contractor 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 mechanical contractor license in lieu of a local license, a statewide mechanical contractor license holder 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 mechanical contractor 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.

This act establishes the Missouri Mechanical Contractor Licensing Fund in the state treasury, which shall be expended for the administration of this act.

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 individual 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 license holder applies for reinstatement and pays the required fees, so long as the application for reinstatement is received within two years of the renewal date.

Any individual operating as a mechanical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require a local license shall not be required to possess a statewide license to operate as a mechanical contractor in such political subdivision.

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 individual 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.

Any individual who knowingly violates the provisions of this act is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

This act is similar to SS/SB 11 (2021), SCS/SB 559 (2020), SB 376 (2019), HCS/HB 326 (2019), provisions contained in SCS/HB 705 (2019), and HB 2673 (2018).

SARAH HASKINS

Amendments

No Amendments Found.