House Bill 88

House Bill 88

by
Phil Haunschild
February 7, 2017

Bill description: This bill extends the exemption for electrician’s licensure for those who work on their own private property.

Rating: +2

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, Idaho Code 54-1016(2) allows any homeowner to perform electrical work “in the owner’s primary or secondary residence or associated outbuildings.” This has had the unintended consequence of preventing some homeowners from doing necessary work on their property. This amendment changes the language to include the words “in or on the owner’s homestead… or land associated with the entire property on which those buildings sit.” This allows individuals to do work on their own private property without being forced to contract work out. (+1)

Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non- violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? 

Performing unlicensed electrical work on one’s own property is a victimless crime. Currently, an individual could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000 for installing new lighting around their driveway, while changing electrical features in their house is legal. (+1)

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