Electricians, licensure
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND JOURNEYMEN – Amends, repeals, and adds to existing law to provide for certain electrical codes, to revise provisions regarding electricians and apprentices, and to establish residential electrician licensure.

RS30697 / H0337

This legislation addresses a number of different portions of Idaho electrical statutes: It creates the Idaho Electrical Code and adopts the 2023 version of the National Electric Code, with any previously accepted exclusions; creates a residential electrician license classification; defines what a residential electrical setting is; expands the scope of work for a journeyman electrician; expands who an electrical contractor may employ; limits the number of years a person can be an apprentice electrician; amends the electrical apprenticeship ratio; removes the continuing education requirement from apprentice electricians; increases the penalty for a violation of these statutes; affirms that the state of Idaho has the sole authority to establish apprenticeship ratios.

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to state or local governments associated with this legislation. IDOPL has sufficient staff and resources to implement the proposed changes in this bill.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/17 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
Reported Printed and Referred to Business
03/20 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
Rules Suspended: Ayes 60 Nays 10 Abs/Excd 0, read in full as required – PASSED - 70-0-0
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nash, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – None
Floor Sponsor - Dixon(1)
Title apvd - to Senate
03/21 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
Introduced, read first time; referred to: Commerce & Human Resources
Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/22 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/28 Retained on calendar
03/29 Retained on calendar
03/30 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bearg(Rabe), Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Geddes(Harris), Grow, Guthrie, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Vick(Okuniewicz), Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Lakey
Title apvd - to House
Returned from Senate Passed; to JRA for Enrolling
Reported Enrolled; Signed by Speaker; Transmitted to Senate
Received from the House enrolled/signed by Speaker
Signed by President; returned to House
Returned Signed by the President; Ordered Transmitted to Governor
03/31 Delivered to Governor at 8:05 a.m. on March 31, 2023
04/06 Reported Signed by Governor on March 31, 2023
Session Law Chapter 244
Effective: 07/01/2023