Senate Bill No. 193

Introduced By miller, brainard, mcgee

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act prohibiting more than one apprentice electrician from serving under a licensed journeyman or master electrician; and PROHIBITING A STATE AGENCY FROM REQUIRING AN APPRENTICE TO SERVE UNDER MORE THAN ONE JOURNEYMAN OR MASTER ELECTRICIAN; amending sections 37-68-303 and, 37-68-311, AND 39-6-106, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE."

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. A STATE AGENCY MAY NOT REQUIRE AN APPRENTICE TO SERVE UNDER MORE THAN ONE JOURNEYMAN OR MASTER 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."


"39-6-106.   Contents of apprenticeship agreements -- credit for prior training or experience. (1) Apprenticeship agreements shall must contain:

(a)  a statement of the trade or craft to be taught and the required hours for completion of apprenticeship, which must be not less than 2,000 hours of reasonably continuous employment;

(b)  a statement of the processes in the trade or craft divisions in which the apprentice is to be taught and the approximate amount of time to be spent at each process;

(c)  a statement of the number of hours to be spent by the apprentice in related and supplemental instruction, which is recommended to be 144 hours per each year;

(d)  a statement that apprentices must be not less than 16 years of age;

(e)  a statement of the progressively increasing scale of wages to be paid the apprentice;

(f)  provision for a period of probation during which the department of labor and industry must shall terminate an apprenticeship agreement at the request in writing of any party thereto to the agreement. After the probationary period, the department may terminate the registration of an apprentice upon agreement of the parties.

(g)  provision that the services of the department may be utilized used for consultation regarding the settlement of differences arising out of the apprenticeship agreement where such when the differences cannot be adjusted locally or in accordance with the established trade procedure;

(h)  provision that if an employer is unable to fulfill his the employer's obligation under the apprenticeship agreement, he the employer may transfer the obligation to another employer if the other employer has been approved as a training facility;

(i)  subject to the provisions of 37-68-303, provision for the specification of the ratio of apprentices to journeymen. The department will shall continue to honor and recognize ratio provisions as established in existing labor/management bargaining agreements or as established by an industry practice.

(j)  such additional standards as may be prescribed in accordance with this chapter.

(2)  An apprentice who, prior to entering into an agreement, has had training or experience in the trade or craft in which he the apprentice is employed as an apprentice may be granted full or partial credit for the training or experience on the recommendation of the employer or the joint apprenticeship committee and with the approval of the department."