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Substitute Senate Bill No. 879

Public Act No. 03-261

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LIMITED LOW VOLTAGE RESIDENTIAL SECURITY ELECTRICAL AND LIMITED SATELLITE DISH TECHNICIAN AND DEALER TECHNICIAN LICENSES AND EXEMPTIONS FROM PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 20-334a of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 02-92, is amended by adding subsection (h) as follows (Effective October 1, 2003):

(NEW) (h) The Electrical Work Board shall authorize any person to install, service and repair residential security systems limited to twenty-five volts and five amperes in one to three family residential dwellings, provided the person is in the employ of an electrical contractor holding an E-1 unlimited contractor license or an L-5 contractor license issued pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section and the person has successfully completed an apprenticeship and training program established and approved by the Labor Department with the advice of the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council. Any person authorized to work under this subsection shall not perform telecommunications electrical work, as defined in section 20-340b of the general statutes, with the exception of work involving interface wiring from a residential security system to an existing telephone connection for monitoring purposes. Any person who is authorized to work under this subsection shall, no later than fifteen months after being issued said authorization, secure an L-6 limited electrical journeyperson's license pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 2. Section 20-340 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to: (1) Persons employed by any federal, state or municipal agency; (2) employees of any public service company regulated by the Department of Public Utility Control or of any corporate affiliate of any such company when the work performed by such affiliate is on behalf of a public service company, but in either case only if the work performed is in connection with the rendition of public utility service, including the installation or maintenance of wire for community antenna television service, or is in connection with the installation or maintenance of wire or telephone sets for single-line telephone service located inside the premises of a consumer; (3) employees of any municipal corporation specially chartered by this state; (4) employees of any contractor while such contractor is performing electrical-line or emergency work for any public service company; (5) persons engaged in the installation, maintenance, repair and service of electrical or other appliances of a size customarily used for domestic use where such installation commences at an outlet receptacle or connection previously installed by persons licensed to do the same and maintenance, repair and service is confined to the appliance itself and its internal operation; (6) employees of industrial firms whose main duties concern the maintenance of the electrical work, plumbing and piping work, solar work, heating, piping, cooling work, sheet metal work, elevator installation, repair and maintenance work, automotive glass work or flat glass work of such firm on its own premises or on premises leased by it for its own use; (7) employees of industrial firms when such employees' main duties concern the fabrication of glass products or electrical, plumbing and piping, fire protection sprinkler systems, solar, heating, piping, cooling, sheet metal or elevator installation, repair and maintenance equipment used in the production of goods sold by industrial firms; (8) persons performing work necessary to the manufacture or repair of any apparatus, appliances, fixtures, equipment or devices produced by it for sale or lease; (9) employees of stage and theatrical companies performing the operation, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment if such installation commences at an outlet receptacle or connection previously installed by persons licensed to make such installation; (10) employees of carnivals, circuses or similar transient amusement shows who install electrical work, provided such installation shall be subject to the approval of the State Fire Marshal prior to use as otherwise provided by law and shall comply with applicable municipal ordinances and regulations; (11) persons engaged in the installation, maintenance, repair and service of glass or electrical, plumbing, fire protection sprinkler systems, solar, heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal equipment in and about single-family residences owned and occupied or to be occupied by such persons; provided any such installation, maintenance and repair shall be subject to inspection and approval by the building official of the municipality in which such residence is located and shall conform to the requirements of the State Building Code; (12) persons who install, maintain or repair glass in a motor vehicle owned or leased by such persons; (13) persons or entities holding themselves out to be retail sellers of glass products, but not such persons or entities that also engage in automotive glass work or flat glass work; (14) persons who install preglazed or preassembled windows or doors in residential or commercial buildings; and (15) persons registered under chapter 400 who install safety-backed mirror products or repair or replace flat glass in sizes not greater than thirty square feet in residential buildings.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) Any person who has been issued an L-5 or L-6 license pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 20-334a of the general statutes shall be eligible to take the licensure examination for a C-5 or C-6 license issued pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 20-334a of the general statutes, provided such person submits a complete license application and a nonrefundable application fee pursuant to section 20-333 of the general statutes and provides satisfactory evidence of experience in the field of telecommunications work to the Electrical Work Board.

Sec. 4. Section 20-353 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (c) as follows (Effective October 1, 2003):

(NEW) (c) The Department of Consumer Protection, at the direction of the board, may issue a limited technician license or a limited dealer technician license to any person for the installation of a dish antenna, as defined in section 20-342 of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Such person shall have successfully completed an apprenticeship and training program established and approved by the Labor Department with the advice of the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council and shall have passed an examination approved or administered by the Department of Consumer Protection.

Sec. 5. Section 20-342 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Person" means any individual, firm, association, partnership, joint stock association, trust, limited liability company or corporation;

(2) "Board" means the Electrical Work Board;

(3) "Licensed electronics technician" means any individual who has been licensed by the board pursuant to the provisions of section 20-350;

(4) "Apprentice electronics technician" means an individual to whom a permit as an apprentice has been issued pursuant to the provisions of section 20-351;

(5) "Licensed antenna technician" means any individual licensed pursuant to section 20-353;

(6) "Licensed radio electronics technician" means any individual licensed pursuant to section 20-353;

(7) "Receiving equipment" means television or radio receiving apparatus and associated components, including, but not limited to, antenna receiving systems, phonographs, tape recorders and audiovisual equipment;

(8) "Service" means the installation, maintenance, repair, replacement, inspection and modification of receiving equipment; [and]

(9) "Service dealer" means a person engaging in the business of servicing receiving equipment, having an established location for the performance of such service; and

(10) "Dish antenna" means a one meter or less in diameter dish designed to receive direct broadcast satellite service, including direct to home satellite service, or to receive or transmit fixed wireless signals via satellite.

Approved July 9, 2003