2021 Legislative Session Important Bills


HB 2007 - Provide for occupational licenses or other authorization to practice by recognition for qualified applicants from other states

This bill allows any individual with a license in another state to operate as a licensed worker in WV, even if their state refuses to honor a WV license. In addition, if the individual’s home state does not have a license for the occupation, a person only must show they have worked for two years in that field to be licensed in WV

HB 2008 - Amending requirements for licensure relating to elevator mechanics, crane operators, HVAC, electricians, and plumbers

This bill eliminates certifications for all crane operators, plumbers in training, fire damper technicians and technicians in training and elevator apprentices. In addition it weakens certification standards for electricians, plumbers, sprinkler fitters, HVAC technicians, and elevator technicians. (NOTE: This bill has passed both the WV House and WV Senate.)


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  • Stephen Feagans
    commented 2021-03-02 02:42:34 -0500
    It is a sad day for the trades who have gone to school and paid out money to get their licenses and has to keep up their license ever year. I been a electrician for over forty years since moving here I been a Electrical Inspector I can tell you or show you pictures you wouldn’t believe what some of the so called electricians do, I get so mad about what do for customers and the money they charge. When I have to go back two or three times they don’t like paying me for coming back. I tell them that you are wasting my time and your money should’ve gotten a licensed electrician. No body is checking these people. They want to hold my feet to the fire make sure I have the correct license and insurance. This is one reason why the other states will not work with WV. We have a bad repartition.
  • Richard Bushong
    commented 2021-02-18 19:36:20 -0500
    Instead of loosening regulations to make it easier to get a license the legislature should be working with Virginia, Maryland,Pennsylvania ,Ohio, and Kentucky to make our WV license reciprocal with these states. Ever since the IBC, NFPA54 ,NFGC , and IPC coses have been adopted nationwide and all licensees have the same test requirements. It sounds daunting to someone who is just starting in the trade and also to legislators and lawyers tp require the amount of work hours to qualify, but this is all done in the interest of public safety.. I hold licenses in WV my state of residence ,MD, and VA, soon to add Ky. To pass legislation that would make the licenses eaiser to get is devaluing my license and also my knowledge of the trades. Would you want a lawyer coming to your home to do electric work or an electrician to come to your home to consult as a lawyer. That’s right lawyer wasn’t one of the licenses that they were going to make easier to get. Bravo guys for showing your hand early.
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    followed this page 2021-02-18 09:25:09 -0500
  • Larry LaCorte
    published this page 2021-02-10 20:02:13 -0500