Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed a bill that will allow electrical contractors to obtain a statewide license issued by the Division of Professional Registration (DPR).
Missouri was one of only six states with a patchwork of local regulations that prevented a free and fair market across the state.
With the new law, local jurisdictions can still set their own building code standards and still license contractors, but contractors will now have the option to receive a statewide license that will be recognized by all municipalities.
The text of the bill states any person who is operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require the contractor to hold a local license is not required to possess a statewide license.
However, each corporation, firm, institution, organization, company, or representative thereof who engages in electrical contracting must have at least one statewide licensed electrical contractor employed at a supervisory level.
Electrical contractors who hold a license that was issued by an authority in the state of Missouri prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and that required the passing of a nationally accredited written examination based upon the National Electrical Code, and completion of 12,000 hours of practical experience, shall be issued a statewide license.
Political subdivisions may still establish their own local electrical contractor’s license, but must recognize a statewide license in lieu of such local license.
If a political subdivision fails to recognize a statewide license, then the licensee may file a complaint with the DPR.
The DPR shall perform an investigation, and if it determines that the political subdivision failed to recognize a statewide license then the DPR shall notify and give the political subdivision 30 days to comply with the law.
Following the 30 days, if the political subdivision still refuses to recognize the statewide license then the Division shall notify the Director of the Department of Revenue who shall withhold local sales tax dollars until the political subdivision is in compliance with the law.
Any officer or agent of a corporation, partnership, or association who violates the act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
The bill, SB 240, worked its way through the Legislature with the help of two Franklin County legislators.
It was sponsored in the Senate by State Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and handled in the House by State Rep. Kirk Mathews, R-Pacific.