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HF 2155

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/11/2021 02:46pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to construction codes; modifying the scope of the Plumbing Code;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 326B.435, subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 326B.435, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Powers; duties; administrative support.

(a) The board shall have the power

(1) elect its chair, vice-chair, and secretary;

(2) adopt bylaws that specify the duties of its officers, the meeting dates of the board,
and containing such other provisions as may be useful and necessary for the efficient conduct
of the business of the board;

(3) adopt the Plumbing Code that must be followed in this state and any Plumbing Code
amendments thereto. The Plumbing Code shall include the minimum standards described
in sections 326B.43, subdivision 1, and 326B.52, subdivision text begin The Plumbing Code must
only have jurisdiction within the building envelope of both public and private buildings.
For the purposes of this clause, building envelope is defined as any material within two feet
from the exterior walls of the building.
new text end The board shall adopt the Plumbing Code and any
amendments thereto pursuant to chapter 14 and as provided in subdivision 6, paragraphs
(b), (c), and (d);

(4) review requests for final interpretations and issue final interpretations as provided
in section 326B.127, subdivision 5;

(5) adopt rules that regulate the licensure, certification, or registration of plumbing
contractors, journeyworkers, unlicensed individuals, master plumbers, restricted master
plumbers, restricted journeyworkers, restricted plumbing contractors, backflow prevention
rebuilders and testers, water conditioning contractors, and water conditioning installers, and
other persons engaged in the design, installation, and alteration of plumbing systems or
engaged in or working at the business of water conditioning installation or service, or
engaged in or working at the business of medical gas system installation, maintenance, or
repair, except for those individuals licensed under section 326.02, subdivisions 2 and 3. The
board shall adopt these rules pursuant to chapter 14 and as provided in subdivision 6,
paragraphs (e) and (f);

(6) adopt rules that regulate continuing education for individuals licensed as master
plumbers, journeyworker plumbers, restricted master plumbers, restricted journeyworker
plumbers, registered unlicensed individuals, water conditioning masters, and water
conditioning journeyworkers, and for individuals certified under sections 326B.437 and
326B.438. The board shall adopt these rules pursuant to chapter 14 and as provided in
subdivision 6, paragraphs (e) and (f);

(7) refer complaints or other communications to the commissioner, whether oral or
written, as provided in subdivision 8, that allege or imply a violation of a statute, rule, or
order that the commissioner has the authority to enforce pertaining to code compliance,
licensure, or an offering to perform or performance of unlicensed plumbing services;

(8) approve per diem and expenses deemed necessary for its members as provided in
subdivision 3;

(9) approve license reciprocity agreements;

(10) select from its members individuals to serve on any other state advisory council,
board, or committee; and

(11) recommend the fees for licenses, registrations, and certifications.

Except for the powers granted to the Plumbing Board, the Board of Electricity, and the
Board of High Pressure Piping Systems, the commissioner of labor and industry shall
administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter and any rules promulgated pursuant

(b) The board shall comply with section 15.0597, subdivisions 2 and 4.

(c) The commissioner shall coordinate the board's rulemaking and recommendations
with the recommendations and rulemaking conducted by the other boards created pursuant
to this chapter. The commissioner shall provide staff support to the board. The support
includes professional, legal, technical, and clerical staff necessary to perform rulemaking
and other duties assigned to the board. The commissioner of labor and industry shall supply
necessary office space and supplies to assist the board in its duties.