Massachusetts Glazier Licensing Bill Recently Referred to Study Order

Massachusetts legislators are currently seeking a study order for House Bill 249, which proposes to add language regarding glazier licensing requirements to the state statutes. Recently the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure chair Rep. Theodore Speliotis filed H5093, requesting the study order.

Speliotis issued the following request: “that the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure be authorized to sit during a recess of the General Court to make an investigation and study of House documents numbered 168, 241, 249, 297, 4180 and 4232. Said committee shall report to the General Court the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry such recommendations into effect, by filing the same with the Clerk of the House of Representatives on or before December 31, 2010.”

If HB 249 passes after the requested study order, as currently worded it would define the term “glazier” as “any person regularly offering to the general public services of his employees or himself in the field of automotive glass work or flat glass work.” (Flat glass work would include both residential and commercial work.)

It also would establish a board of nine state examiners of the program, consisting of three contractors licensed to perform auto glass work, three general contractors licensed to perform flat glass work, one a municipal building official, one general contractor and one licensed architect appointed by the governor. The board of examiners would meet four times a year to hold examinations.

Those who might wish to become licensed under the terms of the bill would have to:

Be 18 years or older;
Satisfy the board “that he or she is of good moral character;”
Have three years of classroom experience with a minimum of 144 hours with a state-approved school or union program;
Have three years of employment in the glass trade with a minimum of 1,800 hours per year;
Have passed a first aid course;
Prove residency in Massachusetts with a picture ID; and
Have a criminal record free of construction or glazing fraud.
Applicants would pay a fee of $75 for the exam, and, upon qualification, would pay a further fee of $100 for a license, which would last for a two-year period.

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