Bill Text: NY A03748 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes voluntary licensure of master electricians by the department of state.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-31 - referred to economic development [A03748 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A03748-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 31, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. GUNTHER, GALEF, STECK, McDONOUGH, GIGLIO, MONTES-
          ANO  -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CROUCH, FINCH, PERRY, RIVERA --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Economic Development
        AN ACT to amend the general business law, in  relation  to  establishing
          voluntary licensing of master electricians
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new article
     2  28-G to read as follows:
     3                                ARTICLE 28-G
     4                      LICENSING OF MASTER ELECTRICIANS
     5  Section 494. Definitions.
     6          495. License; master electrician.
     7          496. Board of examiners.
     8    § 494. Definitions. As  used  in  this  article,  unless  the  context
     9  requires otherwise:
    10    1. "Board" means the board of examiners for master electricians estab-
    11  lished by section four hundred ninety-six of this article.
    12    2. "Department" means the department of state.
    13    3. "Secretary" means the secretary of state.
    14    §  495.  License; master electrician. 1. Any person who is an electri-
    15  cian in this state may apply to the secretary for a license as a  master
    16  electrician.  Such  a  license  shall not be required for the purpose of
    17  engaging in the profession of being a master electrician. However,  such
    18  license  shall  be indicative that the holder thereof has met the stand-
    19  ards for training, knowledge and experience necessary  to  be  a  master
    20  electrician,  and  also  authorize  the  holder thereof to engage in the
    21  profession of being a master electrician in any other state which grants
    22  reciprocity to electricians licensed pursuant to this article.  Further-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  more, every person licensed pursuant to this article shall be authorized
     2  to  practice as a master electrician throughout the state, notwithstand-
     3  ing the provisions of the general city law and the county law.
     4    2.  Any  electrician  wishing  to be licensed pursuant to this article
     5  shall:
     6    (a) submit an application therefor to the secretary in such  form  and
     7  manner as prescribed by the secretary and containing such information as
     8  the board determines to be necessary to determine the qualifications and
     9  fitness for licensing of the applicant;
    10    (b) submit the application fee prescribed by the board; and
    11    (c) complete an examination established by the board.
    12    3. Every person who successfully passes the examination established by
    13  the  board  and  complies with the provisions of subdivision two of this
    14  section shall be licensed pursuant to this article.
    15    4. Every license issued pursuant  to  this  article  shall  remain  in
    16  effect  for a period of two years, and may be renewed for additional two
    17  year periods upon submission of a renewal application and  the  applica-
    18  tion fee established by the board.
    19    §  496.  Board  of examiners. 1. There shall be established within the
    20  department a board of examiners  for  master  electricians.  Such  board
    21  shall  consist of thirteen members as follows:  the secretary, or his or
    22  her designee; four members  appointed  by  the  governor;  four  members
    23  appointed  by  the  temporary  president of the senate; and four members
    24  appointed by the speaker of the assembly. The appointed members shall be
    25  broadly representative of persons engaged in the profession of  being  a
    26  master  electrician.  Each  appointed  member  of  the  board  shall  be
    27  appointed for a term of two years. Any member  may  be  reappointed  for
    28  additional  terms.  The state fire administrator shall serve as an addi-
    29  tional non-voting member of the board and shall serve as the chair.
    30    2. The board shall meet not less than three times a year.
    31    3. The board shall promulgate rules and regulations establishing:
    32    (a) the scope of the profession of being a master electrician;
    33    (b) qualifications for being a licensed master electrician;
    34    (c) an examination to determine the knowledge of persons applying  for
    35  a license pursuant to this article; and
    36    (d) fees for licenses and renewals thereof pursuant to this article.
    37    4.  The secretary shall designate an employee of the department to act
    38  as secretary to the board, and shall provide such board with such steno-
    39  graphic or other assistance as may be necessary.
    40    5. Members of the board shall receive no  compensation  but  shall  be
    41  entitled  to  actual  and  necessary  traveling and other expenses while
    42  engaged in the performance of such  member's  duties  pursuant  to  this
    43  article.
    44    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    45  it  shall  have  become  a  law. Provided that any rules and regulations
    46  necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective  date
    47  are authorized to be made on or before such effective date.