Legislative Update

PHCC of Iowa takes an active role in advocating for the best interests of our industry at both State and Federal legislative levels. On the State level, our lobbyist works alongside staff and board members to tackle issues that are crucial for our industry. On the Federal level, our National Association and their lobbyist assist staff and board members in pursuit of higher levels of change and give us a voice in Washington. PHCC of Iowa advocates for the best on behalf of our members and the p-h-c trades overall.

Regulatory Update

House File 2627 established guidelines for considering and reviewing the criminal history of license applicants or prospective applicants, including a process by which any person may petition the board for a determination of whether their criminal history would disqualify them from receiving a license. The proposed amendments to Chapters 28, 29, 32, and 57 explain the “eligibility determination” process and incorporate other legislative guidelines for considering and reviewing criminal history in the course of deciding whether to issue a license or whether to impose discipline on an existing licensee.

House File 2627 also established alternative pathways to Iowa licensure for (1) military spouses; (2) newly established Iowa residents who possess a license or certification from another jurisdiction; and (3) newly established Iowa residents whose practice in the profession in another jurisdiction did not require a license. The proposed amendments to Chapters 28, 35, and 62 add structure and detail to those alternative pathways. 

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Statewide Inspection Bill Introduced

During the 2019 state legislative session, House File 639, a bill that would require statewide inspections on new plumbing and mechanical installations, was introduced in the House. When the state licensing law for plumbers and mechanical contractors was passed in 2008, there was not a requirement for statewide inspections. While many larger cities and municipalities currently have their own permitting and inspection requirements, this new law would expand that to apply to all areas of the state.

Municipalities would still be able to continue with their currently permitting and inspection requirements and the state plumbing and mechanical systems board would be responsible for inspections in those areas of the state that do not have a municipality currently inspecting new plumbing or mechanical system installations. PHCC was instrumental in getting this legislation introduced and we believe that it will help homeowners and consumers to know that the plumbing or mechanical job was done correctly.

We are hopeful that the Iowa legislature will pass this bill in their 2020 legislative session.

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