Senate Bill No. 193

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act prohibiting more than one apprentice electrician from serving under a licensed journeyman or master electrician; and amending sections 37-68-303 and 37-68-311, MCA."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 37-68-303, MCA, is amended to read:

"37-68-303.   Apprentice may work working under licensed journeyman or master electrician -- record of apprentices. (1) This chapter does not prohibit a person from working as an apprentice in the trade of electrician with an a journeyman or master electrician licensed under this chapter and under rules made by the board. The name and residence of each apprentice and the name and residence of his the apprentice's employer shall must be filed with the department, and a record shall must be kept by the department showing the name and residence of each apprentice.

(2) Journeymen or master electricians may not have more than one apprentice working under them in the trade of electrician.

(3) This section does not apply to an electrical training program conducted by an electrical trade school or a college or university."

Section 2.  Section 37-68-311, MCA, is amended to read:

"37-68-311.   Examination fee -- license fee -- specific exemption for apprentices. (1) Master electricians and journeyman or residential electricians installing or intending to install for hire electric wiring or equipment to convey electric current or apparatus to be operated by this current shall make application apply for a license to the department. The application must be on a form furnished by the department and must be accompanied by an examination fee set by the board. The forms must state the applicant's full name and address, the extent of work experience, and other information required by the board. If the applicant has complied with the rules adopted by the board and, being qualified, has successfully completed the examination, the applicant shall pay to the department a license fee set by the board for a master electrician's license or for a journeyman or a residential electrician's license, and upon receipt of the fee the department shall issue the proper license to the applicant.

(2)  A person serving a 4-year electrician apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed journeyman or master electrician is exempt from the licensing provision of this section during training. Credit for the time spent in an electrical school must be given to the a master electrician, journeyman electrician, residential electrician, or apprentice, up to a total of 2 years, on the 4-year requirement provided for in 37-68-304 and 37-68-305."