05RS HB421

HB421

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HB 421/LM (BR 1727) - R. Webb, D. Pasley

     AN ACT relating to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and making an appropriation therefor.
     Create new sections of KRS 198B.650 to 198B.689 to require a permit for the installation or major repair of HVAC systems; establish requirements for permit; create exemptions from permitting process; grant the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction the authority to promulgate administrative regulations for HVAC permitting process and impose fees to fund permitting process; grant local authorities the right to act as the agent for the department, enter into contractual relations to act as agent, and fix compensation of local inspectors; forbid local authorities from establishing additional permitting or inspection programs for HVAC; establish an agency trust and surplus account for the fees to fund the HVAC permitting process; define the powers of HVAC inspectors to include "stop work" authority; allow county, city, Commonwealth's Attorneys, or the Attorney General to represent the department or its agents; grant the Circuit Court where a violation occurs and the Franklin Circuit Court concurrent venue and jurisdiction for civil and injunctive actions; grant Circuit Courts venue and jurisdiction for criminal action, and the Franklin Circuit Court appeals jurisdiction for criminal action; grant aggrieved parties administrative hearings in accordance with KRS Chapter 13B; amend KRS 198B.650 to define "major repair" and "permit"; amend KRS 198B.990 to include infractions of the HVAC permitting process within the fines and punishment section; create a noncodified section to allow the initial funding of the program from existing agency trust and surplus accounts; require repayment of these accounts within two fiscal years; provide that the Act takes effect January 1, 2006.

     Feb 10-introduced in House
     Feb 11-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 14-posted in committee
     Feb 18-posting withdrawn


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