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HB 480 - Limited electrician licenses

HB 480 - Limited electrician licenses

Phil Haunschild
February 12, 2018

Bill description: HB 480 would change the name of Specialty Electricians to Limited Electrical Installers and also remove a work-limiting restriction.

Rating: +1

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 

Currently, in Idaho, specialty electricians are allowed to perform work that is limited to their specific field but cannot perform the full scope of electrical work. Under HB 480, the title of this license would be changed from a “specialty electrician license” to a “limited electrical installer” to more accurately describe the scope of the license. For example, one can receive a specialty license as a well driller and pump installer, elevator technician, or for irrigation sprinklers, but cannot do work beyond the specific field of their license. This is the major change that HB 480 makes.

The second change that HB 480 makes is to allow those who hold a limited energy license to make connections to the units, such as alarm systems, which they install. This would eliminate the need for a fully licensed electrician to make said minor connections.


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