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AB-1529 Cross-connection or backflow prevention device inspectors: certification.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1529


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

February 17, 2017


An act to add Chapter 9.6 (commencing with Section 7220) to Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to professions and vocations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1529, as introduced, Thurmond. Cross-connection or backflow prevention device inspectors: certification.
Existing law provides for the licensing and certification of various professions by state boards and commissions. Existing law establishes the California Building Standards Commission and sets forth its powers and duties, including, but not limited to, the duty to codify all building standards adopted by state agencies into one California Building Standards Code.
This bill would require a person who performs maintenance or testing of a cross-connection or backflow prevention device to be certified, as specified. The bill would require the California Building Standards Commission to publish a list of approved statewide certification providers on or before January 1, 2019. The bill would provide exceptions for local certification programs and for acceptance of previously issued certifications in certain circumstances.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 9.6 (commencing with Section 7220) is added to Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  9.6. Cross-Connection or Backflow Prevention Device Inspectors

7220.
 (a) Cross-connection or backflow prevention device testing or maintenance shall be performed by a person who has received a California-specific certification that demonstrates competency in that testing or maintenance.
(b) The California Building Standards Commission, in consultation with other appropriate agencies, shall publish a list of approved statewide certification providers on or before January 1, 2019.
(c) This section shall not apply where a local health officer maintains a local certification program.
(d) Certifications that were determined by the State Department of Public Health to demonstrate competency in cross-connection or backflow prevention device testing prior to January 1, 2016, shall be approved statewide certifications unless approval is rescinded by the California Building Standards Commission.