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House Bill 582 — Building codes, nonprofits

House Bill 582 — Building codes, nonprofits

Parrish Miller
February 11, 2022

Bill Description: House Bill 582 would exempt nonprofit organizations and their volunteers from electrical, plumbing, and HVAC licensure requirements when they construct single-family residences. 

Rating: +1

Analyst Note: House Bill 582 is very similar to House Bill 503, introduced earlier this year. 

Amendment Analysis: The Senate amendment to House Bill 582 does not change the rating, but it does severely limit the applicability of the bill by changing the language in the original bill that applied broadly to "a nonprofit organization and its volunteers." Under the amendment, it would apply only to "a nonprofit organization that is chartered to build houses and that has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including a religious corporation, and such organization's volunteers." This limitation would exclude many types of nonprofit organizations that are not federally registered and that are not specifically chartered to build houses.

Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board’s purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, does it eliminate a function of government or return a function of government to the private sector?

House Bill 582 would amend sections 54-1016, 54-2602, and 54-5002, Idaho Code, to create exemptions from "certificate of competency requirements" for "a nonprofit organization and its volunteers" performing electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installations for a "single-family dwelling unit."

These are the same types of exemptions that apply to homeowners doing such work on their own homes. 


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