05RS HB61

HB61

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HB 61/LM (BR 346) - M. Weaver, R. Crimm, R. Palumbo, T. Thompson

     AN ACT relating to certification of contractors.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 198B to require residential contractors to be certified; create Kentucky Board of Residential Contractors within the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction; establish board membership criteria, responsibilities, and terms of office; exempt specific entities from certification requirement; require that hearings be conducted in compliance with KRS Chapter 13B; establish January 1, 2007, for residential contractors to be certified; allow local government entities to apply to administer and enforce state certification program; require certified electrical inspectors to include contractor's certification number or exemption status on certificate of approval; establish criteria for contracts between contractors and consumers for projects that exceed $2,500; preclude uncertified contractors from filing claims for compensation or liens with the board or a court for breach of contract; require six hours of annual continuing education for recertification; and cite the proposed legislation as the "Residential Contractor Certification Act."

HB 61 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS/LM - Retain original provisions of bill except delete language exempting the board from posting bond if seeking injunctive relief; add language to allow a certified residential contractor to complete, or to designate an education agent to complete, a minimum of 6 hours of continuing education annually; add provisions to require individuals exempted from certification, who hold a current state license, to only engage in activities specified in their licenses; delete provision that precludes a non-certified residential contractor from filing a claim to seek compensation for non-payment of work performed; and clarify that fines against residential contractors may be assessed.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Jan 4-introduced in House
     Jan 6-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 7-posted in committee
     Feb 9-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 10-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 16, 2005
     Feb 28-3rd reading, passed 44-38 with Committee Substitute; received in Senate
     Mar 1-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)


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