Three bills have passed the West Virginia House of Delegates and are now moving though the State Senate that will greatly impact licensing and jeopardize public safety. Take action to stop these bills in the Senate by clicking here.
H.B. 2006 eliminates the requirement for a contractor’s license for commercial projects under $50,000 and for residential projects under $10,000. It's removes contractors licensing requirements for painters entirely.
H.B. 2007 gives an out-of-state worker a West Virginia license by showing they’ve worked two years. This new law will affect a multitude of occupations and professions, impacting over 100,000 licensed professionals from the STEM-related fields (such as dentists, nurses, architects, and engineers) to social workers to construction trades.
H.B. 2008 reduces training and qualifications for many construction trade workers. Click any of the following trades: electrician, HVAC technician, or plumber to learn how your license will be impacted if this law passes.
Licensing requirements also stop illegal workers. WCHS TV reported that the State Fire Marshall arrested 4 men in November of 2019 for falsifying an application to get an electrical license in West Virginia. Also, in October 2020, WVNS TV reported that 14 suspected illegal aliens were arrested for falsifying an application for an electricians' license.
All construction workers in West Virginia should let their legislator know that licenses work to assure the safety and well-being of all West Virginians.