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ssue:  HB 2100 – Licensing for Pool/Spa

 

Affects:  Those who build or service pools

 

Bottom Line:  This is the APSP supported pool licensure bill from 2014; however, the text has been revised with the changes suggested at the Feb 2014 industry meeting outside of Boston.

 

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@apsp.org

 

Bill Summary:  States that any person actively engaged in swimming pool construction and installation work prior to July 1, 2017, may apply to the division of professional licensure for such license. Provides that the division shall issue such license without examination upon demonstration by the applicant of experience and training equivalent to the experience and training required to qualify for examination for such license.

 

Provides that any person actively engaged in swimming pool maintenance, service and repair work prior to July 1, 2017, may apply to the division of professional licensure for such license. Provides that the division shall issue such license without examination upon demonstration by the applicant of experience and training equivalent to the experience and training required to qualify for examination of such license.

 

Provides that no person shall install a swimming pool unless such person holds a swimming pool builder license issued by the division of professional licensure or is a direct employee of a company that at all times has at least one employee who holds a swimming pool builder license. Provides that no person shall maintain service or repair a swimming pool unless such person holds either a swimming pool builder license or a swimming pool service license issued by the division of professional licensure or is a direct employee of a company that at all times has at least one employee who holds a swimming pool service and repair license. Provides that a person licensed pursuant to this measure shall not perform electrical work, plumbing and piping work or heating, piping and cooling work, as defined in statute unless such person is licensed to perform such work. Provides that any person who willfully: (i) Engages in or practices the work or occupation for which a license is required by this measure without having first obtained a license for such work, as applicable, or is a direct employee of a company that holds a license for such work, as applicable; (ii) Falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work or occupation or (iii) engages in or practices any of the work or occupations for which a license is required by this section after the expiration of such person's license, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not more $1,000 for a first violation, not more than $1500 for a second violation and not more than $3000 for each violation occurring less than three years after a second or subsequent violation. Provides that no later than July 1, 2017, licensure shall be required and the fee for a license shall be $150. Provides that the fee for a renewal for such licenses shall be $100. Provides that licenses shall be valid for two years from the date of issuance.

 

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security March 11. Hearing held October 14 - Testimony by APSP member and bill sponsor occurred, but no vote was taken. Passed Joint Committee on Public Safety on April 20.

 

View proposed legislation:  https://malegislature.gov/Document/Bill/189/House/H2100.pdf