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AB-996 Contractors Licensing Board Web site: search function for workers compensation claims.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 996


Introduced by Assembly Members Cunningham and Brough

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 7018.5 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to contractors.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 996, as introduced, Cunningham. Contractors Licensing Board Web site: search function for workers compensation claims.
Existing law, the Contractors’ State License Law, requires the Contractors’ State License Board, on or before January 1, 2019, to adopt an enhancement to the current contractor license check search function on its Internet Web site to permit consumers to search for a licensed contractor either by ZIP Code or geographic location.
This bill would require the Contractors’ State License Board to adopt an enhancement to the current contractor license check search function on its Internet Web site to permit consumers and licensees to monitor the status and progress of a licensee’s application for, or renewal of, a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance or certification of self-insurance that is pending before the board, as specified. The bill would also require the Internet Web site to denote that when the application is in the possession of the board past the 30-day deadline, the status would state that the application is pending review and that the failure to have a certificate on file is due to circumstances beyond the control of the licensee.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 7018.5 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

7018.5.
 On or before January 1, 2020, the board shall adopt an enhancement to the current contractor license check search function on its Internet Web site to permit consumers and licensees to do all of the following:
(a) Monitor the status and progress of a successfully filed workers’ compensation renewal application being reviewed by the board, including a visual tool that provides the date the application was filed, the status of each of the components of the renewal application that have been filed, and that shows that the review is being reviewed and shown as pending until the final disposition has been approved by the registrar.
(b) View the daily record of the average time elapsed from the time the board receives the renewal application until a final disposition has been approved by the registrar.
(c) Clearly denote that any application for a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance or certification of self-insurance that has been in the possession of the board past the 30-day deadline is pending review and the failure to have a certificate on file is due to circumstances beyond the control of the licensee.