Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-849

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE LAWS.

Vote Date:

2/17/2009

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference to General Law

PH Date:

2/10/2009

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This Bill was initiated to increase compliance with the State Building Code by encouraging enforcement to the occupational licensing laws by municipal building officials, who in turn will share in the revenue collected for violations of the laws. Both the state and the municipal building departments should experience an increase in revenue if there is an increase in enforcement activity.

Substitute Language: * in Section 2, subsection (c), lines 108-109:

Delete: “the municipal building department of such building official.”

Add: “such municipality.”

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None offered.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Robert Macca-- Connecticut Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association: supports this bill, since “authorizing municipal building officials to refer licensing violations to the state Department of Consumer Protection and targeting a share of such fines to municipal building departments will go a long way toward ensuring stronger enforcement at the local level and strengthening the state's licensing enforcement efforts.”

Lisa Hunter-- Independent Electrical Contractors of New England: supports this bill, believing that “local building inspectors are well-positioned to assist the state in enforcing occupational licensing and apprenticeship registration requirements” since “they are on-site on building projects.”

John Yusza, Jr.-- Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association (CASIA): supports this bill, asserting that the state Department of Consumer Protection “lacks the resources and staff needed to conduct field inspections or stings to ensure that contractors and apprentices on projects are duly licensed or registered.”

Joyce Wojtas-- Mechanical Contractors Association of Connecticut And UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 777: supports this bill, arguing that “although this bill does not mandate that the Building Official report violations to the Consumer Protection Commissioner,” it will have a “positive fiscal impact for both the municipality and the state because more violations are expected to be reported.”

Cameron Champlin-- UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777: supports this bill, since “the municipality that issues permits for projects” is “the best source for enforcement.”

Sean W. Daly-- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: supports this bill, which would “better serve the public, the state, and individual municipalities” regarding licensure and fines, since “every city and town has…inspectors that go to every jobsite in their town.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None offered.

Reported by: Michael Demicco

Date: February 18, 2009