PA 11-247—HB 5021

General Law Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FOR ELECTRICIANS AND DONATION BIN NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

SUMMARY: This act requires the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) commissioner to amend the department's regulations to reduce, from seven to four, the minimum continuing education hours electricians must take annually before renewing their license. The commissioner may increase the minimum hours to a maximum of seven if requested by the Electrical Work Board.

The act also requires a donation bin owner to put his or her name on the bin if the donations are for a charitable purpose and the bin is in a public place.

The law requires publicly placed donation bins to contain a notice in block letters at least two inches high stating whether the donations are for a charitable purpose. If they are, the notice must also state (1) the name of the nonprofit organization that will benefit from the donation and (2) that the public may contact the DCP for more information. The notice must be on the side of the bin where the donation is likely to be made.

The act subjects anyone who fails to (1) obtain permission from the owners before placing a bin in a public place or (2) provide proper notice, to a fine of up to $500.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011 for the electrician provision and October 1, 2011 for the donation bin provision.

OLR Tracking: DC: RC: SN-E: ro