Chapter 358

2011 -- H 5301 AS AMENDED

Enacted 07/13/11





     Introduced By: Representatives Jackson, Martin, Ehrhardt, and Reilly

     Date Introduced: February 08, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 5-20-35 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-20 entitled "Plumbers

and Irrigators" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     5-20-35. Persons and acts exempt -- Issuance of licenses in special cases. -- (a) The

provisions of this chapter do not apply to the installation of automatic sprinkler systems or other

fire protection appliances in this state and do not apply to employees of public utilities (publicly

or privately owned); provided, that any resident of Rhode Island not licensed, as provided in this

chapter, desiring a license as a master plumber or journeyperson plumber who on or before

August 14, 1966, presents to the department of labor and training of the state reasonably

satisfactory evidence, in writing, that he or she was actively engaged in the business of plumbing

as a master plumber or working as a journeyperson plumber for a master plumber in any city or

town for five (5) years prior to May 16, 1966, and that he or she is at the time of presenting that

evidence to the department of labor and training operating in any city or town as a master

plumber or working as journeyperson plumber, shall, upon payment of a fee of five dollars

($5.00) in the case of a master plumber or one dollar ($1.00) in the case of a journeyperson

plumber, have issued to him or her by the department of labor and training a certificate of license

as a master plumber or a journeyperson plumber without an additional application, fee, or other

condition precedent. Farms, golf courses, and nurseries performing irrigation work on their

premises only shall not be required to be licensed under the chapter.

     (b) Nothing in this or any other chapter of the general laws shall prohibit municipalities

or water districts from using employees, or engaging the services of licensed plumbers or other

contractors and/or service providers that meet certain requirements determined by the

municipality or water district, for the purpose of replacing water meters or meter reading devices.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.