An Act To Clarify the Exemption of Lineworkers from Maine Electrician Licensing Laws
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, in the fall of 2010, the Electricians' Examining Board issued a preliminary determination that would require licensure under the laws governing electrician licensing for lineworkers employed by electricity generators and contractors performing line work on behalf of public utilities and electricity generators; and
Whereas, electrician licensing is intended to cover indoor electrical work governed by the National Electrical Code, whereas outdoor and related line work performed by public utilities, electricity generators and their contractors is governed by the National Electrical Safety Code and is unrelated to electrician licensing; and
Whereas, the actions of the Electricians' Examining Board to require electrician licensure of lineworkers would substantially interfere with the ability of public utilities, electricity generators and their contractors to safely and cost-effectively install electric lines subject to the National Electrical Safety Code, including lines for large transmission and distribution projects currently under construction in this State; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §1101, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 119, §1, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 32 MRSA §1101, sub-§8, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 386, Pt. F, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. 32 MRSA §1102, sub-§1-A, as amended by PL 1999, c. 657, §13, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 4. 32 MRSA §1102, sub-§1-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 32 MRSA §1102, sub-§1-C is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 32 MRSA §1102, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1999, c. 386, Pt. F, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 7. 32 MRSA §1102-B, sub-§5, ¶B, as enacted by PL 1981, c. 432, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 8. 32 MRSA §1102-B, sub-§5, ¶B-1 is enacted to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.