Senate Bill 1035 — Qualifications of electrical inspectors

Lindsay Atkinson 2019 Senate bill ratings

Bill description: SB1035 would add more qualifications for electrical inspectors, allowing more people to enter the occupation.

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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 would open up an alternate path for anyone seeking to work as an electrical insepctor. It does not restrict existing paths nor does it impose stricter qualifications but instead provides a new route for entry.

Currently, anyone seeking to work as an electrical inspector must have four years of experience as a journeyman or a master electrician, plus an associated license. With this bill, anyone who is currently eligible to work under those qualifications can still do so.TUnder the bill, other people could also qualify, including those who are certified as electrical inspectors by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. In addition, those who are certified as an electrical inspector by the International Code Council could also qualify, as long as they have completed a relevant apprenticeship or degree, or have experience.

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Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law? Examples include laws which discriminate or differentiate based on age, gender, or religion or which apply laws, regulations, rules, or penalties differently based on such characteristics. Conversely, does it restore or protect the principle of equal protection under the law?

SB1035 expands the authority to determine the relevant qualifications for the occupation beyond Idaho licensing officials. It does so by allowing those who hold certification from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the International Code Council to also qualify as electrical inspectors.

This reference to specific private associations in Idaho statute does not give equal influence to all private associations that deal with electrical inspection work. If a third organization that issues certifications for electrical inspectors gave an Idahoan certification, that person would not qualify as an electrical inspector, even though all the same requirements and skills may be met. Since that third organization is not mentioned in state law, like the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the International Code Council are, it is not recognized as certification.

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