Senate Bill 1014 — Plumbing contractors

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: SB1014 would require all plumbing contractors to also be journeymen plumbers.

Rating: -1

Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?

This bill changes the definition of a plumbing contractor to require that any person who is employed in that occupation is also a journeyman plumber. This increases the barrier of entry into the field.

Previously, only contractors who did in-person plumbing work were required to be journeymen plumbers and, if not, to have on their staff a qualified journeyman.

This change means that plumbing contractors will not be able to oversee a staff of qualified journeymen while not themselves being a journeyman.

This also means the plumbing contractor has to work with plumbing systems as their principal occupation, to meet one of the requirements of being a journeyman. So, an individual or firm that wants to be a plumbing contractor must have plumbing work as their principal occupation. This is a restriction on occupational choice.