Senate Passes Spending Plan, Plus CE For GCs Bill Rescheduled For Committee This Week

The Senate worked overtime last week to get its budget done while the House had an abbreviated schedule of activities. Your legislative team consulted with the Chairs of the House Regulatory Reform Committee in order to calendar SB 55 (Continuing Education for General Contractors) on Thursday only to have that meeting canceled when the House scheduled no votes for its Thursday session. However, this meeting has been rescheduled for this Tuesday and SB 55 is the first bill on the calendar. Based on our lobbying all of the members of that committee last week, we expect a favorable vote.

As discussed in previous reports, the bill would require at least one qualifier of a building, residential or unclassified licensee to obtain 8 hours of instruction annually as a requirement for license renewal. Starting in 2021, all 8 hours can be satisfied by taking approved courses online. The bill received overwhelming support in the Senate and the same level of support is expected in the House, where the companion bill had 87 of the 120 House members either as a primary sponsor or cosponsor.

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