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Governor Signs California Bill Requiring Licensing of Electricians AB 931

Magazine article Business Credit

Governor Signs California Bill Requiring Licensing of Electricians AB 931

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In an effort to raise safety standards in the electrical industry, Governor Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 931 (AB 931), requiring all electricians in the state of California to be licensed.

"It's about safety and the public interest," said Peter Marana, executive director of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Northern California. "Let's face it--electricity is dangerous. Currently, anyone can put on a tool belt and call himself or herself an electrician. AB 931 helps protect the public by halting this unsafe practice," said Marana.

Because of the clear danger to both workers and consumers, the National Fire Protection Association recommends licensing electricians to help eliminate electrical fires. Over a five-year period in California, 19,000 fires were caused by structural electrical problems that accounted for 908 injuries, 31 deaths and property damage of almost $270 million.

Under current state law, individual electricians do not have to be licensed to perform electrical work, unlike many other professions, such as manicurists, beauticians, locksmiths and even mortuary workers, who need to be licensed to practice in California. Following the lead of more than 30 other states which require licensing of electricians, AB 931 will enable the Contractor's State License Board under the Department of Apprenticeship Standards to establish and validate minimum standards for safe installation of electrical systems by electricians. …

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