.................... moves to amend H.F. No. .... as follows:
Page 10, after line 20, insert:
"Sec. 23. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326B.42, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Direct supervision.
The term "direct supervision," with respect to direct
supervision of a plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
by a master,
restricted master, journeyman, or restricted journeyman plumber, means that:
(1) at all times while the plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
performing plumbing work, the supervising plumber is present at the location where the
plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
(2) the supervising plumber is physically present and immediately available to the
plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
at all times for assistance and
(3) any form of electronic supervision does not meet the requirement of physically
(4) the supervising plumber actually reviews the plumbing work performed by
the plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
before the plumbing is
(5) the supervising plumber is able to and does determine that all plumbing work
performed by the plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
is performed in
compliance with the plumbing code.
Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326B.42, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
Subd. 6. Plumber's apprentice.
A "plumber's apprentice" is any individual
1.23 than a master, restricted master, journeyman, or restricted journeyman plumber who, as
1.24 a principal occupation, is engaged in working as an employee of a plumbing contractor
1.25 under the direct supervision of a master, restricted master, journeyman, or restricted
1.26 journeyman plumber and is learning and assisting in the installation of plumbing who is
2.1employed in the practical installation of plumbing under an apprenticeship agreement
2.2approved by the department under Minnesota Rules, part 5200.0340
Sec. 25. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326B.435, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Powers; duties; administrative support.
(a) The board shall have the
(1) elect its chair, vice-chair, and secretary;
(2) adopt bylaws that specify the duties of its officers, the meeting dates of the board,
and containing such other provisions as may be useful and necessary for the efficient
conduct of the business of the board;
(3) adopt the plumbing code that must be followed in this state and any plumbing
code amendments thereto. The board shall adopt the plumbing code and any amendments
thereto pursuant to chapter 14 and as provided in subdivision 6, paragraphs (b), (c), and (d);
(4) review requests for final interpretations and issue final interpretations as provided
326B.127, subdivision 5
(5) except for rules regulating continuing education, adopt rules that regulate the
licensure or registration of plumbing contractors, journeymen,
, master plumbers, restricted master plumbers, and restricted journeymen and
other persons engaged in the design, installation, and alteration of plumbing systems,
except for those individuals licensed under section
326.02, subdivisions 2
and 3. The
board shall adopt these rules pursuant to chapter 14 and as provided in subdivision
6, paragraphs (e) and (f);
(6) advise the commissioner regarding educational requirements for plumbing
(7) refer complaints or other communications to the commissioner, whether oral or
written, as provided in subdivision 8, that allege or imply a violation of a statute, rule, or
order that the commissioner has the authority to enforce pertaining to code compliance,
licensure, or an offering to perform or performance of unlicensed plumbing services;
(8) approve per diem and expenses deemed necessary for its members as provided in
(9) approve license reciprocity agreements;
(10) select from its members individuals to serve on any other state advisory council,
board, or committee; and
(11) recommend the fees for licenses and certifications.
Except for the powers granted to the Plumbing Board, the Board of Electricity, and the
Board of High Pressure Piping Systems, the commissioner of labor and industry shall
administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter and any rules promulgated pursuant
(b) The board shall comply with section
15.0597, subdivisions 2
(c) The commissioner shall coordinate the board's rulemaking and recommendations
with the recommendations and rulemaking conducted by the other boards created pursuant
to this chapter. The commissioner shall provide staff support to the board. The support
includes professional, legal, technical, and clerical staff necessary to perform rulemaking
and other duties assigned to the board. The commissioner of labor and industry shall
supply necessary office space and supplies to assist the board in its duties.
Sec. 26. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326B.47, is amended to read:
PLUMBER'S APPRENTICES UNLICENSED INDIVIDUALS.
Subdivision 1. Registration.
All unlicensed individuals, other than
must be registered under subdivision 3
To be a registered plumber's
3.14 apprentice, an individual must either:
3.15 (1) be an individual employed in the trade of plumbing under an apprenticeship
3.16 agreement approved by the department under Minnesota Rules, part 5200.0300; or
3.17 (2) be an unlicensed individual registered with the commissioner under subdivision
A plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
is authorized to assist
in the installation of plumbing only while under the direct supervision of a master,
restricted master, journeyman, or restricted journeyman plumber. The master, restricted
master, journeyman, or restricted journeyman plumber is responsible for ensuring that all
plumbing work performed by the plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
complies with the plumbing code.
Subd. 2. Journeyman exam.
A plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed
who has completed four years of practical plumbing experience is eligible to
take the journeyman plumbing examination. Up to 24 months of practical plumbing
experience prior to becoming a plumber's apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
may be applied to the four-year experience requirement. However, none of this practical
plumbing experience may be applied if the individual did not have any practical plumbing
experience in the 12-month period immediately prior to becoming a plumber's apprentice
3.31or registered unlicensed individual
. The Plumbing Board may adopt rules to evaluate
whether the individual's past practical plumbing experience is applicable in preparing for
the journeyman's examination. If two years after completing the training the individual
has not taken the examination, the four years of experience shall be forfeited.
The commissioner may allow an extension of the two-year period for taking the
exam for cases of hardship or other appropriate circumstances.
Subd. 3. Registration, rules, applications, renewals, and fees.
individual may register by completing and submitting to the commissioner a registration
form provided by the commissioner. A completed registration form must state the date
the individual began training, the individual's age, schooling, previous experience, and
employer, and other information required by the commissioner. The board may prescribe
rules, not inconsistent with this section, for the registration of unlicensed individuals. Each
applicant for initial registration as a
plumber's apprentice registered unlicensed individual
shall pay the department an application fee of $25. Applications for initial registration
may be submitted at any time. Registration must be renewed annually and shall be for the
period from July 1 of each year to June 30 of the following year. Applications for renewal
registration must be received by the commissioner by June 30 of each registration period
on forms provided by the commissioner, and must be accompanied by a fee of $25. An
application for renewal registration received on or after July 1 in any year but no more
than three months after expiration of the previously issued registration must pay the past
due renewal fee plus a late fee of $25. No applications for renewal registration will be
accepted more than three months after expiration of the previously issued registration."
Page 17, after line 17, insert:
"Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 326B.921, subdivision 3, is amended to
Subd. 3. Registration requirement.
All unlicensed individuals, other than pipefitter
apprentices, must be registered under subdivision 4. No licensed high pressure piping
business shall employ an unlicensed individual to assist in the practical construction and
installation of high pressure piping and appurtenances unless the unlicensed individual is
registered with the department. A pipefitter apprentice or registered unlicensed individual
employed by a high pressure piping business may assist in the practical construction and
installation of high pressure piping and appurtenances only while under direct supervision
of a licensed contracting high pressure pipefitter or licensed journeyman high pressure
pipefitter employed by the same high pressure piping business. The licensed contracting
high pressure pipefitter or licensed journeyman high pressure pipefitter shall supervise no
more than two pipefitter apprentices or registered unlicensed individuals. The licensed
contracting high pressure pipefitter or journeyman high pressure pipefitter is responsible
for ensuring that all high pressure piping work performed by the pipefitter apprentice or
registered unlicensed individual complies with Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules.
The board shall make recommendations by October 1, 2008, to the chairs of
5.2 the standing committees of the senate and house of representatives having jurisdiction
5.3 over high pressure piping regulation on the ratio of licensed contracting high pressure
5.4 pipefitters or licensed journeyman high pressure pipefitters to pipefitter apprentices or
5.5 registered unlicensed individuals for purposes of supervision.
Page 17, after line 23, insert:
"Sec. 40. EFFECTIVE DATE.
5.8Sections 1 to 39 are effective the day following final enactment.
Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
Amend the title accordingly