PA 17-75—sSB 191

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING

SUMMARY: This act eliminates the following Department of Consumer Protection occupational licenses, registrations, and certificates:

1. swimming pool assembler's license (CGS 20-340e);

2. athlete agent registration, by repealing the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (CGS 20-559 to -559s);

3. shorthand reporter's license, which was required to practice shorthand reporting in arbitration proceedings, administrative hearings, depositions, or other proceedings or matters in state courts (CGS 20-650 to -656);

4. itinerant vendor's license and municipalities' specific authority to license itinerant vendors (CGS 21-27 to -35); and

5. liquor wholesaler's salesman certificate, which was required by anyone who sold or offered to sell alcoholic liquor to a retailer (CGS 30-17b).

Under the act, workers in these occupations no longer need a state credential.

The act also eliminates real estate student intern programs in which students enrolled in an accredited school who were directly supervised by a licensed real estate broker were, with the Real Estate Commission's approval, exempt from other real estate licensing requirements while enrolled in the program.

The act also makes minor, technical, and conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

SWIMMING POOL ASSEMBLER'S LICENSE

The act eliminates the swimming pool assembler's license, which generally required anyone who, for financial compensation, assembled above-ground swimming pools more than 24 inches deep to be licensed and subjected these licensees to license and registration requirements similar to those that apply to swimming pool builder licensees under existing law, including registering as a home improvement contractor.

UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT

The Uniform Athlete Agents Act governed relations among student-athletes, athlete agents, and educational institutions. Among other things, it required athlete agents to (1) make certain disclosures, (2) provide notice to educational institutions, and (3) give student-athletes the right to cancel the contract within a certain time period. It also prohibited certain criminal conduct (e.g., providing false or misleading information and providing things of value to student-athletes).

Athlete Agent Registration

Under prior law, anyone who entered into an agency contract with a student-athlete or recruited or solicited a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract had to register with DCP. Spouses, parents, siblings, grandparents, or guardians, and individuals acting solely on behalf of a professional sports team or organization were exempt from this requirement.