Tonight, March 1st the 2024 Legislative Session wraps up.  It has been full of issues and some challenges affecting the industry.  Here is a short report:

  • HB 483 – was modifying the the scope of work commonly known as the “Handyman Exception”. The first draft that was introduced was terrible, increasing the value of a project from $6,000 to $35,000 and changing a couple of other items. Throughout the session we worked with the Representative Albrecht to come to the point where the Handyman scope was tightened significantly.  The amount was reduced to $7,000 and the word “replacement” was removed from the statute and only allows “repair” of plumbing fixtures. This is a significant change and limits the “Handyman” scope of work and provides a clear line for enforcement!
  • HB 534 – This bill consolidated or deleted many boards, commissions and committees from State Government. The original bill consolidated the State plumbing and electrical boards into one and only provided the chair of this new board to have a seat on the Construction Services Commission.  We didn’t like the consolidation aspect but especially didn’t like only having one licensed trade represented on the Commission.  Through the skillful work of our lobbyist the bill was amended to allow both the electrical and plumbing trades to have representation on the commission.  There was a lot of opposition from many groups and if I remember correctly only this one change was allowed by the sponsor.  With the strong support of the legislature and the governor to make sure the bill passed no matter what this was a big win to get this modified.
  • SB 188 was modified to included the ability for the UPHCA to be an approved CE provider of the S-350 HVAC license requirement. DOPL had allowed us for the past 5 years, however the individual who provided this approval had retired and we felt that we needed to be put into statute rather than relying on interpretation.

The bills discussed above passed both houses and are on Governor Cox’s desk for signing and are effective May 31st.  Much of the credit for keeping track and engaged in this process and working with the Legislators go to Capstone Strategies, our Lobbyists.  If it wasn’t for their energy and professionalism our industry and trade would be significantly impacted.

It’s clear how beneficial it is to be a part of the UPHCA family. This association is dedicated to addressing the issues and concerns that directly affect our trade and industry. Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of such a supportive association? Let’s spread the word about the fantastic work UPHCA is doing. Encourage our industry peers to express their gratitude to you for the priceless support you give to the UPHCA that enriches their careers, businesses, and trade.

And when they do, don’t forget to respond with a heartwarming, ‘You’re Welcome!’

The 2023 Legislative Session is in full swing.  The legislators started off very fast on some difficult subjects and proposed bills.  However, it now has settled down to a dull roar, at least right now.

The UPHCA along with others in the industry are working on a couple of initiatives.  The first is to provide an easier pathway for 16-17 year olds to work in the construction industry and rather than as a non-paid intern through the schools sponsored programs, allow companies to hire that age group and allow them to become interested in the trades.  It seems this is something most want or see a positive potential opportunity, however many details are being worked on especially with the cost of workers compensation for this age group.

Another one that doesn’t see much light at this point is providing more resources to DOPL enforcement to ensure that those who are working unlicensed are prosecuted rather than just fined.  The fine has become a cost of doing business for companies working outside the licensing statues.  This can be a rather hot issue even within our own industry, but we need to do something.  Here is the link to our most recent tracking list we’re following. Click Here