BILL NUMBER: SB 392	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 25, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JUNE 24, 2009
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 21, 2009
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 20, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Florez

                        FEBRUARY 26, 2009

   An act to amend Sections 7025, 7028.5, 7029, 7065, 7065.1, 7065.5,
7068, 7068.1, 7068.2, 7069, 7071, 7071.7, 7071.8, 7071.9, 7071.11,
7071.17, 7072.5, 7075.1, 7076, 7076.2, 7085.6, 7090, 7090.1, 7096,
7121, 7121.1, 7121.5, 7121.6, 7122, 7122.1, 7122.2, 7122.5, 7137,
7138, 7152, 7159, and 7159.10 of, and to add Sections 7071.6.5 and
7071.19 to, the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Section
17002 of the Corporations Code, relating to contractors, and making
an appropriation therefor.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 392, as amended, Florez. Contractors: limited liability
companies.
   Existing law, the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act,
authorizes a limited liability company to engage in any lawful
business activity, except as specified, but prohibits construing the
act to permit a limited liability company to render professional
services, as defined.
   Existing law, the Contractors' State License Law, provides for the
licensure and regulation of contractors by the Contractors' State
License Board. Existing law authorizes the issuance of contractors'
licenses to individual owners, copartnerships, and corporations and
authorizes those persons and entities to qualify for a license by the
appearance of specified individuals. Existing law authorizes the
board to set application, licensure, and renewal fees, among others,
and provides for the deposit of those fees in the Contractors'
License Fund, a continuously appropriated fund. Existing law
prohibits licensed contractors from performing specified acts and
makes a violation of certain of those provisions a crime.
   This bill would authorize a limited liability company to render
services  that may be  lawfully rendered only pursuant to a
 specified  license, certificate, or registration
 authorized by the Business and Professions Code  if the
provisions  governing that license, certificate, or
registration   of that code  authorize a limited
liability company to hold that license, certificate, or registration.
The bill would authorize the  issuance of  
board   ,   commencing   no later than
July 1, 2011,   to   issue  a contractor's
license to a limited liability company and would authorize the
responsible managing manager, responsible managing officer,
responsible managing member, or responsible managing employee of the
limited liability company to qualify for that license. The bill would
also require, as a condition precedent to the issuance, reissuance,
reinstatement, reactivation, renewal, or continued valid use of a
limited liability company  contractor's  license, that the
applicant or licensee file or have on file a surety bond in the sum
of  $50,000   $100,000  for damages arising
out of specified claims of employees. The bill would  also 
require the limited liability company to maintain a policy or
policies of insurance against liability imposed on or against it for
damages arising out of claims, as specified, as a condition of
licensure, and would require the licensed limited liability company
to provide a notice concerning that insurance or security in certain
contracts, as specified. The bill would provide for the personal
liability of persons within the limited liability company in a
certain instance, except as specified. The bill would also enact
related, conforming provisions. Because the bill would impose various
fees on limited liability companies that apply for and obtain a
contractor's license, the bill would increase the amount of revenue
deposited in the Contractors' License Fund, thereby making an
appropriation. In addition, because a violation of specified
provisions of the Contractors' State License Law by a limited
liability company licensed pursuant to these provisions would be a
crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
   Existing law makes various provisions of the Contractors' State
License Law applicable to the member, officer, or director, among
others, of a licensed contractor.
   This bill would delete the term "member" from those provisions
and, in specified instances, insert the term "partner."
   Existing law makes it unlawful for a person who has been a member,
officer, director, or responsible managing officer of a licensed
organization to individually engage in the business of a contractor
without a license.
   This bill would extend that prohibition to individuals listed in
the personnel of record of the licensed organization and to certain
other managing persons in the organization.
   Under existing law, at the time of application for renewal of a
license, the responsible managing individual of a licensee must file
a statement with the registrar verifying his or her capacity as a
responsible managing individual to the licensee.
   This bill would make that requirement applicable to the current
qualifying individual for a licensee.
   Under existing law, no license may be renewed, reissued, or
reinstated while a surety remains unreimbursed for a loss or expense
sustained on a bond issued for the licensee or for an entity of which
an officer, director, partner, manager, or qualifying person was an
officer, director, partner, manager, or qualifying person of the
licensee while the licensee was subject to suspension or disciplinary
action, as specified.
   This bill would instead specify that, during any period in which a
surety remains unreimbursed for a loss or expense sustained on a
bond issued, as specified, the license for which the bond was issued,
and any other license  in   on  which any
member of the  licensee's  personnel of record, as defined,
 of the licensee  has also been listed, may not be
renewed, reissued, or reinstated while the licensee was subject to
suspension or disciplinary action, as specified.
   Existing law allows a contractor's license number to be reissued
or reassigned to a corporation in specified instances.
   This bill would allow a contractor's license number to be reissued
or reassigned to a limited liability company in those instances, to
a limited liability company formed to continue the business of a
corporation, and to a corporation or limited liability company that
acquires a licensee pursuant to an asset sale if the corporation or
limited liability company has a qualifier, as specified.
   Existing law also allows a contractor's license number to be
reissued or reassigned to an immediate family member of a licensed
individual who is deceased or absent if the license is required to
continue an existing family contracting business or to a corporation
created by immediate family members of a licensed individual to
continue an existing deceased or absent individual licensee's
contracting business. Existing law defines an immediate family member
to include a spouse, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandson, or
granddaughter, among others.
   This bill would specify that an immediate family member includes a
father and mother.
   The bill would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes.

   The bill's provisions would not become operative until January 1
of the year following the effective date of the Budget Bill in which
the Contractors' State License Board receives an appropriation for
sufficient resources to implement this act. 
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    The Legislature finds and declares all
of the following:  
   (a) California contractors have been unable to avail themselves of
the limited liability corporate status from the inception of the
Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act (Title 2.5 (commencing
with Section 17000) of the Corporations Code) enacted in 1994. 

   (b) Construction contractors doing business in California are
unable to incorporate as a limited liability corporation, even though
it is their principal corporate status in other states in which they
are doing business.  
   (c) California is one of 29 states that require some form of
contractor's license and is the only state that does not allow a
license to be issued to a limited liability corporation.  
   (d) Construction contractors have been allowed to be licensed as
an "S" or "C" corporation for many years with well-established case
law regarding the ability to pierce the corporate veil.  
   (e) An additional one-hundred-thousand-dollar ($100,000) bond
requirement for the benefit of paying wages and fringe benefits will
ensure that workers are protected in the absence of case law dealing
with limited liability corporations, specifically on the issue of
piercing the corporate veil.  
   (f) The addition of a one-hundred-thousand-dollar ($100,000) bond
requirement is not found in other forms of doing business as a
construction contractor licenseholder.  
   (g) The policy of ensuring that workers' wages are protected in
the event of bankruptcy or other business loss, while allowing
contractors to be afforded the rights that are conferred upon an
entity that chooses to conduct business as a limited liability
licensed construction contractor, is beneficial for California and
its economy. 
   SECTION 1.   SEC. 2.   Section 7025 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7025.  (a) "Members of the personnel of record" as used in this
chapter means every person listed in the records of the registrar as
then associated with a licensee.
   (b) "Person" as used in this chapter includes an individual, a
firm, copartnership, corporation, limited liability company,
association or other organization, or any combination thereof.
   (c) "Qualifying person," "qualifying individual," or "qualifier,"
as used in this chapter, means a person who qualifies  for 
a license pursuant to Section 7068.
   SEC. 2.   SEC. 3.   Section 7028.5 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7028.5.  It is unlawful for a person who is or has been a partner,
officer, director, manager, responsible managing employee,
responsible managing member, responsible managing manager, or
responsible managing officer of, or an individual who is listed in
the personnel of record of, a licensed copartnership, corporation,
limited liability company, firm, association or other organization to
individually engage in the business or individually act in the
capacity of a contractor within this state without having a license
in good standing to so engage or act.
   SEC. 3.   SEC. 4.   Section 7029 of the
Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7029.  A joint venture license is a license issued to any
combination of individuals, corporations, limited liability
companies, partnerships, or other joint ventures, each of which holds
a current, active license in good standing. A joint venture license
may be issued in any classification in which at least one of the
entities is licensed. An active joint venture license shall be
automatically suspended by operation of law during any period in
which any member of the entity does not hold a current, active
license in good standing.
   SEC. 4.   SEC. 5.   Section 7065 of the
Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7065.  (a) Under rules and regulations adopted by the board and
approved by the director, the registrar shall investigate, classify,
and qualify applicants for contractors' licenses by written
examination. This examination shall include questions designed to
show that the applicant has the necessary degree of knowledge
required by Section 7068 and shall include pertinent questions
relating to the laws of this state, and the contracting business and
trade.
   (b) Contractors' licenses are to be issued to individual owners,
copartnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies in
accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (1) Every person who is an officer, member, responsible manager,
or director of a corporation or limited liability company seeking
licensure under this chapter shall be listed on the application as a
member of the personnel of record.
   (2) Every person who is a member of a copartnership seeking
licensure under this chapter shall be listed on the application as a
member of the personnel record.
   (c) An applicant shall qualify for licensure in accordance with
the provisions of this subdivision as follows:
   (1) An individual owner may qualify by examination for a
contractor's license upon the appearance of the owner or a qualifying
individual appearing as a responsible managing employee on behalf of
the owner.
   (2) A copartnership may qualify by examination for a contractor's
license upon the appearance of a copartner or a qualifying individual
appearing as a responsible managing employee on behalf of the
copartnership.
   (3) A corporation may qualify by examination for a contractor's
license upon the appearance of a qualifying individual appearing
either as a responsible managing officer or a responsible managing
employee on behalf of the corporation.
   (4) A limited liability company may qualify by examination for a
contractor's license upon the appearance of a qualifying individual
appearing as a responsible managing officer, a responsible managing
manager, a responsible managing member, or a responsible managing
employee on behalf of the company.
   (d) No examination shall be required of a qualifying individual
if, within the five-year period immediately preceding the application
for licensure, the qualifying individual has either personally
passed the written examination for the same classification being
applied for, or has served as the qualifying individual for a
licensee whose license was in good standing at any time during the
five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure
and in the same classification being applied for.
   SEC. 5.   SEC. 6.   Section 7065.1 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7065.1.  Notwithstanding Section 7065, the registrar may waive the
examination for a contractor's license under any of the following
circumstances:
   (a) The qualifying individual has, for five of the seven years
immediately preceding the application for licensure, been listed on
the official records of the board as a member of the personnel of any
licensee who held a license, which was active and in good standing,
in the same classification being applied for, and who during the
period listed on the license has been actively engaged in a licensee'
s construction activities in the same classification within which the
applicant applies for a license.
   (b) The qualifying individual is an immediate member of the family
of a licensee whose individual license was active and in good
standing for five of the seven years immediately preceding the
application for licensure, and the qualifying individual is able to
show all of the following:
   (1) The qualifying individual has been actively engaged in the
licensee's business for five of the seven years immediately preceding
the application for licensure.
   (2) The license is required to continue the existing family
business in the event of the absence or death of the licensee.
   (3) An application is made for a new license in the same
classifications in which the licensee is or was licensed.
   (c) The qualifying individual is an employee of a corporation or a
limited liability company seeking to replace its former qualifying
individual and has been employed by that corporation or limited
liability company under the following conditions:
   (1) For five of the seven years immediately preceding the
application for licensure, the qualifying individual has been
continually employed by the corporation or limited liability company
in a supervisory capacity in the same classifications being applied
for.
   (2) For five of the seven years immediately preceding the
application for licensure, the corporation or limited liability
company has held an active license in good standing in the same
classifications being applied for. 
   The 
    (3)     The  corporation or limited
liability company has not requested a waiver under this subdivision
within the past five years.
   For purposes of this section, employees of a corporation or
limited liability company shall include, but not be limited to, the
officers of a corporation and the officers and managers of a limited
liability company.
   SEC. 6.   SEC. 7.   Section 7065.5 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7065.5.  No license shall be issued to a minor, nor to any
copartnership a partner of which is a minor, nor to any corporation
any officer, director or responsible managing employee of which is a
minor, nor to any limited liability company any officer, manager, or
responsible managing employee of which is a minor, nor to any other
kind of business organization in which a minor holds a responsible
official position, unless the minor shall first have had a guardian
appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
   SEC. 7.  SEC. 8.   Section 7068 of the
Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7068.  (a) The board shall require an applicant to show the degree
of knowledge and experience in the classification applied for, and
the general knowledge of the building, safety, health, and lien laws
of the state and of the administrative principles of the contracting
business that the board deems necessary for the safety and protection
of the public.
   (b) An applicant shall qualify in regard to his or her experience
and knowledge in one of the following ways:
   (1) If an individual, he or she shall qualify by personal
appearance or by the appearance of his or her responsible managing
employee who is qualified for the same license classification as the
classification being applied for.
   (2) If a copartnership or a limited partnership, it shall qualify
by the appearance of a general partner or by the appearance of a
responsible managing employee who is qualified for the same license
classification as the classification being applied for.
   (3) If a corporation, or any other combination or organization, it
shall qualify by the appearance of a responsible managing officer or
responsible managing employee who is qualified for the same license
classification as the classification being applied for.
   (4) If a limited liability company, it shall qualify by the
appearance of a responsible managing officer, a responsible managing
manager, responsible managing member, or a responsible managing
employee who is qualified for the same license classification as the
classification being applied for.
   (c) A responsible managing employee for the purpose of this
chapter shall mean an individual who is a bona fide employee of the
applicant and is actively engaged in the classification of work for
which that responsible managing employee is the qualifying person on
behalf of the applicant.
   (d) The board shall, in addition, require an applicant who
qualifies by means of a responsible managing employee under either
paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (b) to show his or her general
knowledge of the building, safety, health, and lien laws of the state
and of the administrative principles of the contracting business as
the board deems necessary for the safety and protection of the
public.
   (e) Except in accordance with Section 7068.1, no person qualifying
on behalf of an individual or firm under paragraph (1), (2), (3), or
(4) of subdivision (b) shall hold any other active contractor's
license while acting in the capacity of a qualifying individual
pursuant to this section.
   (f) At the time of application for renewal of a license, the
current qualifying individual shall file a statement with the
registrar, on a form prescribed by the registrar, verifying his or
her capacity as a qualifying individual to the licensee.
   (g) Statements made by or on behalf of an applicant as to the
applicant's experience in the classification applied for shall be
verified by a qualified and responsible person. In addition, the
registrar shall, as specified by board regulation, randomly review a
percentage of such statements for their veracity.
   (h) The registrar shall review experience gained by applicants
from other states to determine whether all of that experience was
gained in a lawful manner in that state.
   SEC. 8.  SEC. 9.   Section 7068.1 of the
Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7068.1.  The person qualifying on behalf of an individual or firm
under paragraph (1), (2), (3), or (4) of subdivision (b) of Section
7068 shall be responsible for exercising that direct supervision and
control of his or her employer's or principal's construction
operations as is necessary to secure full compliance with the
provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the board
relating to the construction operations. This person shall not act
in the capacity of the qualifying person for an additional individual
or firm unless one of the following conditions exists:
   (a) There is a common ownership of at least 20 percent of the
equity of each individual or firm for which the person acts in a
qualifying capacity.
   (b) The additional firm is a subsidiary of or a joint venture with
the first. "Subsidiary," as used in this subdivision, means any firm
at least 20 percent of the equity of which is owned by the other
firm.
   (c) With respect to a firm under paragraph (2), (3), or (4) of
subdivision (b) of Section 7068, the majority of the partners,
officers, or managers are the same.
   (d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a), (b), and (c), a qualifying
individual may act as the qualifier for no more than three firms in
any one-year period.
   "Firm," as used in this section, means a copartnership, a limited
partnership, a corporation, a limited liability company, or any other
combination or organization described in Section 7068.
   "Person," as used in this section, is limited to natural persons,
notwithstanding the definition of "person" in Section 7025.
   The board shall require every applicant or licensee qualifying by
the appearance of a qualifying individual to submit detailed
information on the qualifying individual's duties and
responsibilities for supervision and control of the applicant's
construction operations.
   SEC. 9.   SEC. 10.   Section 7068.2 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7068.2.  If the responsible managing officer, responsible managing
employee, responsible managing member, or responsible managing
manager, disassociates from the licensed entity, the licensee, or the
qualifier shall notify the registrar in writing, and the licensee
shall replace the qualifier, within 90 days from the date of
disassociation.
   To replace a responsible managing officer, responsible managing
employee, responsible managing member, or responsible managing
manager, the licensee shall file an application as prescribed by the
registrar, accompanied by the fee fixed by this chapter, designating
an individual to qualify as required by this chapter.
   Upon failure to replace the qualifier within 90 days of the
disassociation the license shall be automatically suspended or the
classification removed at the end of the 90 days.
   The registrar may review and accept the petition of a licensee who
disputes the date of disassociation or who has failed to notify and
replace the qualifier within the prescribed time, upon a showing of
good cause by the contractor. This petition shall be received within
90 days from the date of the board's notice that the license will be
suspended if the qualifier is not replaced. The registrar may grant
only one 90-day extension to replace the qualifier.
   Upon failure of the licensee or the qualifier to notify the
registrar of the disassociation within 90 days from the date of
disassociation, the license shall be automatically suspended or the
classification removed and the qualifier removed from the license
effective the date the written notification is received at the board'
s headquarters office.
   The person qualifying on behalf of a licensee under Section 7068
shall be responsible for the licensee's construction operations until
the board receives the written notification of disassociation.
   Failure of the licensee or the qualifier to notify the registrar
of the qualifier's disassociation within 90 days of the
disassociation is grounds for disciplinary action.
   SEC. 10.   SEC. 11.   Section 7069 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7069.  (a) An applicant, and each officer, director, partner,
manager, associate, and responsible managing employee thereof, shall
not have committed acts or crimes that are grounds for denial of
licensure under Section 480.
   (b) As part of an application for a contractor's license, the
board shall require an applicant to furnish a full set of
fingerprints for purposes of conducting a criminal history record
check. Fingerprints furnished pursuant to this subdivision shall be
submitted in an electronic format if readily available. Requests for
alternative methods of furnishing fingerprints are subject to the
approval of the registrar. The board shall use the fingerprints
furnished by an applicant to obtain criminal history information on
the applicant from the Department of Justice and the United States
Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the board may obtain any
subsequent arrest information that is available.
   SEC. 11.   SEC. 12.   Section 7071 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.  No license shall be issued to a corporation, copartnership,
limited liability company, or other combination or organization if a
responsible officer or director of the corporation, or other
combination or organization, or a partner of the copartnership, or a
manager or officer of the limited liability company, or any member of
an organization seeking licensure under this chapter does not meet
the qualifications required of an applicant other than those
qualifications relating to knowledge and experience.
   SEC. 12.   SEC. 13.   Section 7071.6.5
is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:
   7071.6.5.  (a) The board shall require  ,  as a condition
precedent to the issuance, reissuance, reinstatement, reactivation,
renewal, or continued valid use of a limited liability company
license, that the applicant or licensee file or have on file a surety
bond in the sum of  fifty thousand dollars ($50,000)
  one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000)  .
   (b) The bond required by this section shall be executed by an
admitted surety in favor of the State of California, in a form
acceptable to the registrar and filed with the registrar,
electronically or otherwise, by the applicant or licensee.
   (c) The bond required by this section shall be for the benefit of
any employee damaged by his or her employer's failure to pay wages,
interest on wages, or fringe benefits  and is intended to serve
as an additional safeguard for workers employed by or contracted to
work for a limited liability company  .
   (d) If an applicant or licensee subject to subdivision (a) is also
a party to a collective bargaining agreement, the bond required by
this section shall also cover, in addition to the coverage described
in subdivision (c), welfare fund contributions, pension fund
contributions, and apprentice program contributions.
   (e) The bond required by this section shall not be applicable to a
licensee whose license has been inactivated on the official records
of the board during the period the license is inactive.
   SEC. 13.   SEC. 14.   Section 7071.7 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.7.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the registrar
shall accept a bond required by Section 7071.6, 7071.6.5, 7071.8, or
7071.9 as of the effective date shown on the bond, if the bond is
received by the registrar within 90 days after that date, and shall
reinstate the license to which the bond pertains, if otherwise
eligible, retroactive to the effective date of the bond.
   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the registrar shall accept a
bond as of the effective date shown on the bond, even if the bond is
not received by the registrar within 90 days after that date, upon a
showing by the licensee, on a form acceptable to the registrar, that
the failure to have a bond on file was due to circumstances beyond
the control of the licensee. The registrar shall reinstate the
license to which the bond pertains, if otherwise eligible,
retroactive to the effective date of the bond.
   SEC. 14.   SEC. 15.   Section 7071.8 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.8.  (a) This section applies to an application for a license,
for renewal or restoration of a license, an application to change
officers or members of a corporation or a limited liability company,
or for continued valid use of a license which has been disciplined,
whether or not the disciplinary action has been stayed, made by any
of the following persons or firms:
   (1) A person whose license has been suspended or revoked as a
result of disciplinary action, or a person who was a qualifying
individual for a licensee at any time during which cause for
disciplinary action occurred resulting in suspension or revocation of
the licensee's license, whether or not the qualifying individual had
knowledge or participated in the prohibited act or omission.
   (2) A person who was an officer, director, manager, partner, or
member of the personnel of record of a licensee at any time during
which cause for disciplinary action occurred resulting in suspension
or revocation of the licensee's license and who had knowledge of or
participated in the act or omission which was the cause for the
disciplinary action.
   (3) A partnership, corporation, limited liability company, firm,
or association of which an existing or new officer, director,
manager, partner, qualifying person, or member of the personnel of
record has had a license suspended or revoked as a result of
disciplinary action.
   (4) A partnership, corporation, limited liability company, firm,
or association of which a member of the personnel of record,
including, but not limited to, an officer, director, manager,
partner, or qualifying person was, likewise, a manager, officer,
director, or partner of a licensee at any time during which cause for
disciplinary action occurred resulting in suspension or revocation
of the license, and who had knowledge of or participated in the act
or omission which was the cause for the disciplinary action.
   (b) The board shall require as a condition precedent to the
issuance, reissuance, renewal, or restoration of a license to the
applicant, or to the approval of an application to change officers of
a corporation or a limited liability company, or removal of
suspension, or to the continued valid use of a license which has been
suspended or revoked, but which suspension or revocation has been
stayed, that the applicant or licensee file or have on file a
contractor's bond in a sum to be fixed by the registrar based upon
the seriousness of the violation, but which sum shall not be less
than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) nor more than 10 times that
amount required by Section 7071.6.
   (c) The bond is in addition to, may not be combined with, and does
not replace any other type of bond required by this chapter. The
bond shall remain on file with the registrar for a period of at least
two years and for any additional time that the registrar determines.
The bond period shall run only while the license is current, active,
and in good standing, and shall be extended until the license has
been current, active, and in good standing for the required period.
Each applicant or licensee shall be required to file only one
disciplinary contractor's bond of the type described in this section
for each application or license subject to this bond requirement.
   SEC. 15.   SEC. 16.   Section 7071.9 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.9.  (a) If the qualifying individual, as referred to in
Sections 7068 and 7068.1, is neither the proprietor, a general
partner, nor a joint licensee, he or she shall file or have on file a
qualifying individual's bond as provided in Section 7071.10 in the
sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars ($12,500). This bond is
in addition to, and may not be combined with, any contractor's bond
required by Sections 7071.5 to 7071.8, inclusive, and is required for
the issuance, reinstatement, reactivation, or continued valid use of
a license.
   (b) Excluding the claims brought by the beneficiaries specified in
paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 7071.10, the aggregate
liability of a surety on claims brought against the bond required by
this section shall not exceed the sum of seven thousand five hundred
dollars ($7,500). The bond proceeds in excess of seven thousand five
hundred dollars ($7,500) shall be reserved exclusively for the claims
of the beneficiaries specified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a)
of Section 7071.10. However, nothing in this section shall be
construed to prevent any beneficiary specified in paragraph (1) of
subdivision (a) of Section 7071.10 from claiming or recovering the
full measure of the bond required by this section. This bond is in
addition to, and may not be combined with, any contractor's bond
required by Sections 7071.5 to 7071.8, inclusive, and is required for
the issuance, reinstatement, reactivation, or continued valid use of
a license.
   (c) The responsible managing officer of a corporation shall not be
required to file or have on file a qualifying individual's bond, if
he or she owns 10 percent or more of the voting stock of the
corporation and certifies to that fact on a form prescribed by the
registrar.

(d) The qualifying individual for a limited liability company shall
not be required to file or have on file a qualifying individual's
bond if he or she owns at least a 10-percent membership interest in
the limited liability company and certifies to that fact on a form
prescribed by the registrar.
   SEC. 16.   SEC. 17.   Section 7071.11 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.11.  (a) The aggregate liability of a surety on a claim for
wages and fringe benefits brought against a bond required by this
article, other than a bond required by Section 7071.8, shall not
exceed the sum of four thousand dollars ($4,000). If a bond required
by this article is insufficient to pay all claims in full, the sum of
the bond shall be distributed to all claimants in proportion to the
amount of their respective claims.
   (b) No license may be renewed, reissued, or reinstated while a
judgment or admitted claim in excess of the amount of the bond
remains unsatisfied.
   (c) Except for claims covered by subdivision (d), any action
against a bond required under this article, excluding the judgment
bond specified under Section 7071.17, shall be brought in accordance
with the following:
   (1) Within two years after the expiration of the license period
during which the act or omission occurred. The provisions of this
paragraph shall be applicable only if the license has not been
inactivated, canceled, or revoked during the license period for which
the bond was posted and accepted by the registrar as specified under
Section 7071.7.
   (2) If the license has been inactivated, canceled, or revoked, an
action shall be brought within two years of the date the license of
the active licensee would have expired had the license not been
inactivated, canceled, or revoked. For the provisions of this
paragraph to be applicable, the act or omission for which the action
is filed must have occurred prior to the date the license was
inactivated, canceled, or revoked.
   (3) An action against a disciplinary bond filed by an active
licensee pursuant to Section 7071.8 shall be brought in accordance
with the provisions of paragraph (1) or (2), as applicable, or within
two years after the last date for which a disciplinary bond filed
pursuant to Section 7071.8 was required, whichever date is first.
   (d) A claim to recover wages or fringe benefits shall be brought
within six months from the date that the wage or fringe benefit
delinquencies were discovered, but in no event shall a civil action
thereon be brought later than two years from the date the wage or
fringe benefit contributions were due.
   (e) Whenever the surety makes payment on a claim against a bond
required by this article, whether or not payment is made through a
court action or otherwise, the surety shall, within 30 days of the
payment, provide notice to the registrar. The notice required by this
subdivision shall provide the following information by declaration
on a form prescribed by the registrar:
   (1) The name and license number of the contractor.
   (2) The surety bond number.
   (3) The amount of payment.
   (4) The statutory basis upon which the claim is made.
   (5) The names of the person or persons to whom payments have been
made.
   (6) Whether or not the payments were the result of a good faith
action by the surety.
   The notice shall also clearly indicate whether or not the licensee
filed a protest in accordance with this section.
   (f) Prior to the settlement of a claim through a good faith
payment by the surety, a licensee shall have not less than 15 days in
which to provide a written protest. This protest shall instruct the
surety not to make payment from the bond on the licensee's account
upon the specific grounds that the claim is opposed by the licensee,
and provide the surety a specific and reasonable basis for the
licensee's opposition to payment.
   (1) Whenever a licensee files a protest in accordance with this
subdivision, the board shall investigate the matter and file
disciplinary action as set forth under this chapter if there is
evidence that the surety has sustained a loss as the result of a good
faith payment made for the purpose of mitigating any damages
incurred by any person or entity covered under Section 7071.5.
   (2) A licensee that fails to file a protest as specified in this
subdivision shall have 90 days from the date of notification by the
board to submit proof of payment of the actual amount owed to the
surety and, if applicable, proof of payment of any judgment or
admitted claim in excess of the amount of the bond or, by operation
of law, the license shall be suspended at the end of the 90 days. A
license suspension pursuant to this subdivision shall be disclosed
indefinitely as a failure to settle outstanding final liabilities in
violation of this chapter. The disclosure specified by this
subdivision shall also be applicable to all licenses covered by the
provisions of subdivision (g).
   (g) During any period in which a surety remains unreimbursed for a
loss or expense sustained on a bond issued pursuant to this article,
the license for which the bond was issued, and any other license
 in   on  which any member of the 
licensee's  personnel of record  of the licensee
 has also been listed, may not be renewed, reissued, or
reinstated while the licensee was subject to suspension or
disciplinary action under this section.
   (h) The licensee may provide the board with a notarized copy of an
accord, reached with the surety to satisfy the debt in lieu of full
payment. By operation of law, failure to abide by the accord shall
result in the automatic suspension of a license to which this section
applies. A license that is suspended for failure to abide by the
accord may only be renewed or reinstated when proof of satisfaction
of all debts is made.
   (i) Legal fees may not be charged against the bond by the board.
   SEC. 17.   SEC. 18.   Section 7071.17 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7071.17.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
board shall require, as a condition precedent to accepting an
application for licensure, renewal, reinstatement, or to change
officers or other personnel of record, that an applicant, previously
found to have failed or refused to pay a contractor, subcontractor,
consumer, materials supplier, or employee based on an unsatisfied
final judgment, file or have on file with the board a bond sufficient
to guarantee payment of an amount equal to the unsatisfied final
judgment or judgments. The applicant shall have 90 days from the date
of notification by the board to file the bond or the application
shall become void and the applicant shall reapply for issuance,
reinstatement, or reactivation of a license. The board may not issue,
reinstate, or reactivate a license until the bond is filed with the
board. The bond required by this section is in addition to the
contractor's bond. The bond shall be on file for a minimum of one
year, after which the bond may be removed by submitting proof of
satisfaction of all debts. The applicant may provide the board with a
notarized copy of any accord, reached with any individual holding an
unsatisfied final judgment, to satisfy a debt in lieu of filing the
bond. The board shall include on the license application for
issuance, reinstatement, or reactivation, a statement, to be made
under penalty of perjury, as to whether there are any unsatisfied
judgments against the applicant on behalf of contractors,
subcontractors, consumers, materials suppliers, or the applicant's
employees. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if it is found
that the applicant falsified the statement then the license will be
retroactively suspended to the date of issuance and the license will
stay suspended until the bond, satisfaction of judgment, or notarized
copy of any accord applicable under this section is filed.
   (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all licensees
shall notify the registrar in writing of any unsatisfied final
judgment imposed on the licensee. If the licensee fails to notify the
registrar in writing within 90 days, the license shall be
automatically suspended on the date that the registrar is informed,
or is made aware of the unsatisfied final judgment. The suspension
shall not be removed until proof of satisfaction of the judgment, or
in lieu thereof, a notarized copy of an accord is submitted to the
registrar. If the licensee notifies the registrar in writing within
90 days of the imposition of any unsatisfied final judgment, the
licensee shall, as a condition to the continual maintenance of the
license, file or have on file with the board a bond sufficient to
guarantee payment of an amount equal to all unsatisfied judgments
applicable under this section. The licensee has 90 days from date of
notification by the board to file the bond or at the end of the 90
days the license shall be automatically suspended. In lieu of filing
the bond required by this section, the licensee may provide the board
with a notarized copy of any accord reached with any individual
holding an unsatisfied final judgment.
   (c) By operation of law, failure to maintain the bond or failure
to abide by the accord shall result in the automatic suspension of
any license to which this section applies.
   (d) A license that is suspended for failure to comply with the
provisions of this section can only be reinstated when proof of
satisfaction of all debts is made, or when a notarized copy of an
accord has been filed as set forth under this section.
   (e) This section applies only with respect to an unsatisfied final
judgment that is substantially related to the construction
activities of a licensee licensed under this chapter, or to the
qualifications, functions, or duties of the license.
   (f) Except as otherwise provided, this section shall not apply to
an applicant or licensee when the financial obligation covered by
this section has been discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding.
   (g) Except as otherwise provided, the bond shall remain in full
force in the amount posted until the entire debt is satisfied. If, at
the time of renewal, the licensee submits proof of partial
satisfaction of the financial obligations covered by this section,
the board may authorize the bond to be reduced to the amount of the
unsatisfied portion of the outstanding judgment. When the licensee
submits proof of satisfaction of all debts, the bond requirement may
be removed.
   (h) The board shall take the actions required by this section upon
notification by any party having knowledge of the outstanding
judgment upon a showing of proof of the judgment.
   (i) For the purposes of this section, the term "judgment" also
includes any final arbitration award where the time to file a
petition for a trial de novo or a petition to vacate or correct the
arbitration award has expired, and no petition is pending.
   (j) The qualifying person and any partner of the licensee or
personnel of the licensee named as a judgment debtor in an
unsatisfied final judgment shall be automatically prohibited from
serving as an officer, director, associate, partner, owner, manager,
qualifying individual, or other personnel of record of another
licensee. This prohibition shall cause the license of any other
existing renewable licensed entity with any of the same personnel of
record as the judgment debtor licensee to be suspended until the
license of the judgment debtor is reinstated or until those same
personnel of record disassociate themselves from the renewable
licensed entity.
   (k) For purposes of this section, a cash deposit may be submitted
in lieu of the bond.
   (l) Notwithstanding subdivision (f), the failure of a licensee to
notify the registrar of an unsatisfied final judgment in accordance
with this section is cause for disciplinary action.
   SEC. 18.   SEC. 19.   Section 7071.19 is
added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:
   7071.19.  (a) As a condition of the issuance, reinstatement,
reactivation, or continued valid use of a license under this chapter,
in addition to any bond required under this article, a limited
liability company shall, in accordance with the provisions of this
section, maintain a policy or policies of insurance against liability
imposed on or against it by law for damages arising out of claims
based upon acts, errors, or omissions arising out of the contracting
services it provides.
   (b) The total aggregate limit of liability under the policy or
policies of insurance required under this section shall be as
follows:
   (1) For a limited liability company licensee with five or fewer
persons listed on the members of the personnel of record, the
aggregate limit shall not be less than one million dollars
($1,000,000).
   (2) For a limited liability company licensee with more than five
persons listed on the members of the personnel of record, an
additional one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) of insurance shall
be obtained for each person listed on the personnel of record of the
licensee except that the maximum amount of insurance is not required
to exceed five million dollars ($5,000,000) in any one designated
period, less amounts paid in defending, settling, or discharging
claims as set forth under this section.
   (c) The policy or policies required by this section may be issued
on a claims-made or occurrence basis, and shall cover: (1) in the
case of a claims-made policy, claims initially asserted in the
designated period, and (2) in the case of an occurrence policy,
occurrences during the designated period. For purposes of this
section, "designated period" means a policy year or any other period
designated in the policy that is not greater than 12 months. Any
policy or policies secured to satisfy the provisions of this section
shall be written by an insurer or insurers duly licensed by this
state, and may be in a form reasonably available in the commercial
insurance market and may be subject to those terms, conditions,
exclusions, and endorsements that are typically contained in those
policies. A policy or policies of insurance maintained pursuant to
this section may be subject to a deductible or self-insured
retention.
   (d) The impairment or exhaustion of the aggregate limit of
liability by amounts paid under any policy in connection with the
settlement, discharge, or defense of claims applicable to a
designated period shall not require the licensee to acquire
additional insurance coverage for that designated period. However,
the aggregate limit of liability coverage (coverage limit) required
by this section shall be reinstated by not later than the
commencement date of the next designated period, and the license of
any licensee that fails to comply with this provision shall be
suspended by operation of law until the date that the licensee
complies with the coverage limit requirements of this section. In
addition, the amount to which any coverage limit is depleted may be
reported on the license record.
   (e) Upon the dissolution and winding up of the company, the
company shall, with respect to any insurance policy or policies then
maintained pursuant to this section, maintain or obtain an extended
reporting period endorsement or equivalent provision in the maximum
total aggregate limit of liability required to comply with this
section for a minimum of three years if reasonably available from the
insurer.
   (f) Prior to the issuance, reinstatement, or reactivation of a
limited liability company license as provided under this chapter, the
applicant or licensee shall  file  , in the manner
prescribed by the registrar, submit the information and documentation
required by this section and requested by the registrar,
demonstrating compliance with the financial security requirements
specified by this section.
   (g) For any insurance policy secured by a licensee in satisfaction
of this section, a Certificate of Liability Insurance, signed by an
authorized agent or employee of the insurer, shall be submitted
electronically or otherwise to the registrar. The insurer issuing the
certificate shall report to the registrar the following information
for any policy required under this section: name, license number,
policy number, dates that coverage is scheduled to commence and
lapse, the date and amount of any payment of claims, and cancellation
date if applicable.
   (h) Upon the issuance, reinstatement, or reactivation of a license
under this section, the registrar may post the following information
to the licensee's license record on the Internet:
   (1) The name of the insurer or insurers providing the liability
policy or policies submitted by the licensee for the most recent
designated period.
   (2) The policy number(s) and the sum of the aggregate limit of
liability provided by each.
   SEC. 19.   SEC. 20.   Section 7072.5 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7072.5.  (a) Upon the issuance of a license, a plasticized pocket
card of a size, design, and content as may be determined by the
registrar shall be issued at no cost to each licensee, or to the
partners, managers, officers, or responsible managing officers of
licensees licensed as other than individuals, which card shall be
evidence that the licensee is duly licensed pursuant to this chapter.
All cards issued shall be surrendered upon the suspension,
revocation, or denial of renewal of the license, and shall be mailed
or delivered to the board within five days of the suspension,
revocation, or denial.
   (b) When a person to whom a card is issued terminates his or her
position, office, or association with a licensee that is licensed as
other than an individual, that person shall surrender his or her card
to the licensee and within five days thereafter the card shall be
mailed or delivered by the licensee to the board for cancellation.
  SEC. 20.   SEC. 21.   Section 7075.1 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7075.1.  (a) No license, regardless of type or classification,
shall be transferable to any other person or entity under any
circumstances.
   (b) A license number may be reissued after cancellation,
revocation, suspension, or expiration beyond the renewal period
specified in Section 7141, only under the following circumstances:
   (1) To an individual upon application.
   (2) To a partnership upon application if there is no change in the
partners or partnership structure.
   (3) To a corporation upon application if there is no change in the
status of the corporation as registered with the Secretary of State.

   (4) To a limited liability company upon application if there is no
change in the status of the company as registered with the Secretary
of State.
   (c) A license number may be reissued or reassigned to a different
entity only under the following conditions:
   (1) To a corporation when the parent corporation has merged or
created a subsidiary, the subsidiary has merged into the parent
corporation, or the corporation has changed its filing status with
the Secretary of State from a domestic corporation to a foreign
corporation or from a foreign corporation to a domestic corporation,
and the new entity is being formed to continue the business of the
formerly licensed corporation.
   (2) To a limited liability company when the parent limited
liability company has merged or created a subsidiary, the subsidiary
has merged into the parent limited liability company, or the limited
liability company has changed its filing status with the Secretary of
State from a domestic limited liability company to a foreign limited
liability company or from a foreign limited liability company to a
domestic limited liability company, and the new entity is being
formed to continue the business of the formerly licensed limited
liability company.
   (3) To an individual when the individual is an immediate family
member of a licensed individual who is deceased or absent and the
license is required to continue an existing family contracting
business.
   (4) To a corporation or limited liability company when created by
immediate members of an individual licensee's family to continue an
existing deceased or absent individual licensee's contracting
business.
   (5) To a corporation or limited liability company when the
corporation or limited liability company is formed by an individual
licensee and the individual licensee maintains ownership directly or
indirectly of shares or membership interests evidencing more than 50
percent of the voting power.
   (6) To a corporation or limited liability company that acquires a
licensee pursuant to an asset sale provided that the corporation or
limited liability company has a qualifier as required by Section
7068.
   (7) To a limited liability company that is formed by a corporation
to continue the business of the corporation subsequent to the
cancellation of the corporate entity's license, provided the
personnel listed for each entity are the same.
   For purposes of this section, an immediate family member of a
deceased or absent licensed individual is either a spouse, father,
mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter,
grandson, granddaughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.
   SEC. 21.   SEC. 22.   Section 7076 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7076.  (a) An individual license shall be canceled upon the death
of a person licensed as an individual. An immediate member of the
family of the deceased licensee may request a continuance of the
license to complete projects in progress and undertake new work for a
reasonable amount of time to be determined by rules of the board.
The request for a continuance must be made in writing and received at
the board's headquarters office within 90 days after the death.
Approval of the continuance of an individual license may be
contingent upon meeting the bond requirements of Sections 7071.5 and
7071.6 within 90 days of notification by the board of that
requirement. The immediate member of the family must apply for and
obtain his or her own license to continue contracting after the
continuance expires.
   (b) A partnership license shall be canceled upon the death of a
general partner. The remaining partner or partners shall notify the
registrar in writing within 90 days of the death of a general
partner. Failure to notify the registrar within 90 days of the death
is grounds for disciplinary action.
   The remaining general partner or partners may request a
continuance of the license to complete projects in progress and
undertake new work for a reasonable amount of time to be determined
by rules of the board. The request for a continuance must be made in
writing and received at the board's headquarters office within 90
days after the death. The remaining general partner or partners must
apply for and obtain a new license to continue contracting after the
continuance expires.
   (c) A partnership license shall be canceled upon the
disassociation of a general partner or upon the dissolution of the
partnership. The disassociating partner or the remaining partner or
partners shall notify the registrar in writing within 90 days of the
disassociation of a general partner or dissolution of the
partnership. Failure to notify the registrar of the disassociation or
dissolution within 90 days shall cause the license to be canceled
effective the date the written notification is received at the board'
s headquarters office. Failure to notify the registrar within 90 days
of the disassociation or dissolution is grounds for disciplinary
action. The remaining general partner or partners may request a
continuance of the license to complete projects contracted for or in
progress prior to the date of disassociation or dissolution for a
reasonable length of time to be determined by rules of the board. The
request for a continuance must be made in writing and received at
the board's headquarters office within 90 days after the
disassociation or dissolution. The remaining general partner or
partners must apply for and obtain a new license to undertake new
work and to continue contracting after the continuance expires.
   (d) The general partner or partners shall notify the registrar in
writing within 90 days of the death of a limited partner. Failure to
notify the registrar within 90 days of the death is grounds for
disciplinary action.
   The death of a limited partner will not affect the partnership
license unless the partnership license has only one limited partner.
In this case, the license will be canceled upon the death of the
limited partner unless a new limited partner is added to the license
within 90 days of the death.
   If the license is canceled, the remaining general partner or
partners may request a continuance of the license to complete
projects in progress and to undertake new work for a reasonable
amount of time to be determined by rules of the board. The request
for a continuance must be made in writing and received at the board's
headquarters office within 90 days after the death. The remaining
general partner or partners must apply for and obtain a new license
to continue contracting after the continuance expires.
   (e) The general partner or partners shall notify the registrar in
writing within 90 days of the disassociation of a limited partner.
Failure to notify the registrar of the disassociation, within 90
days, shall cause the disassociation to be effective the date the
written notification is received at the board's headquarters office.
Failure to notify the registrar within 90 days of the disassociation
is grounds for disciplinary action.
   The disassociation of a limited partner will not affect the
partnership license unless the partnership license has only one
limited partner. In this case, the license will be canceled upon the
disassociation of the limited partner unless a new limited partner is
added to the license within 90 days of the disassociation. If the
license is canceled, the remaining general partner or partners may
request a continuance of the license to complete projects contracted
for or in progress prior to the date of disassociation for a
reasonable amount of time to be determined by rules of the board. The
request for a continuance must be made in writing and received at
the board's headquarters office within 90 days after the death. The
remaining general partner or partners must apply for and obtain a new
license to undertake new work and to continue contracting after the
continuance expires.
   (f) A joint venture license shall be canceled upon the
cancellation, revocation, or disassociation of any of its entity
licenses or upon the dissolution of the joint venture. The registrar
shall be notified in writing within 90 days of the disassociation of
a joint venture entity
      or dissolution of the joint venture. Failure to notify the
registrar of the disassociation or dissolution within 90 days shall
cause the license to be canceled effective the date the written
notification is received at the board's headquarters office. Failure
to notify the registrar within 90 days of the disassociation or
dissolution is grounds for disciplinary action.
   Any remaining entity or entities may request a continuance of the
license to complete projects contracted for or in progress prior to
the date of disassociation or dissolution for a reasonable amount of
time to be determined by rules of the board. The request for a
continuance must be made in writing and received at the board's
headquarters office within 90 days of the disassociation or
dissolution. The remaining entity or entities must apply for and
obtain a new license to undertake new work and to continue
contracting after the continuance expires.
   (g) Any individual, partnership, or joint venture license
continued in accordance with this section is subject to all other
provisions of this chapter.
   (h) A corporation license shall be canceled upon the corporation's
dissolution, merger, or surrender of its right to do business in
this state. The corporation shall notify the registrar in writing
within 90 days of the dissolution, merger, or surrender. Failure to
notify the registrar of the dissolution, merger, or surrender within
90 days shall cause the license to be canceled effective the date
written notification is received at the board's headquarters office.
If the corporation fails to notify the board of the dissolution,
merger, or surrender, the corporation license shall be canceled 60
days after the board's discovery when researching the corporate
records of the Secretary of State. Failure to notify the registrar
within 90 days of the dissolution, merger, or surrender is grounds
for disciplinary action.
   (i) A limited liability company license shall be canceled upon the
company's dissolution, merger, or surrender of its right to do
business in this state. The limited liability company shall notify
the registrar in writing within 90 days of the dissolution, merger,
or surrender. Failure to notify the registrar of the dissolution,
merger, or surrender within 90 days shall cause the license to be
canceled effective the date written notification is received at the
board's headquarters office. If the limited liability company fails
to notify the board of the dissolution, merger, or surrender, the
limited liability company license shall be canceled 60 days after the
board's discovery when researching the records of the Secretary of
State. Failure to notify the registrar within 90 days of the
dissolution, merger, or surrender is grounds for disciplinary action.

   (j) The registrar shall review and accept the petition of a
licensee who disputes the date of cancellation upon a showing of good
cause. This petition shall be received within 90 days of the board's
official notice of cancellation.
   SEC. 22.  SEC. 23.   Section 7076.2 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7076.2.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
failure of a contractor licensed to do business as a corporation or
limited liability company in this state to be registered and in good
standing with the Secretary of State after notice from the registrar
shall result in the automatic suspension of the license by operation
of law. The registrar shall notify the licensee in writing of its
failure to be registered and in good standing with the Secretary of
State and that the licensee shall be suspended 30 days from the date
of the notice if the licensee does not provide proof satisfactory to
the registrar that it is properly registered and in good standing
with the Secretary of State. Reinstatement may be made at any time
following the suspension by providing proof satisfactory to the
registrar that the license is properly registered and in good
standing.
   (b) Where the license of a limited liability company is suspended
pursuant to subdivision (a), each person within the company
identified in Section 7028.5 shall be personally liable up to one
million dollars ($1,000,000) each for damages resulting to third
parties in connection with the company's performance, during the
period of suspension, of any act or contract where a license is
required by this chapter. This personal liability shall not apply
where there has been substantial compliance with the licensure
requirements, as described in subdivision (e) of Section 7031.
   SEC. 23.   SEC. 24.   Section 7085.6 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7085.6.  (a) (1) The failure of a licensee to comply with an
arbitration award rendered under this article shall result in the
automatic suspension of a license by operation of law.
   (2) The registrar shall notify the licensee by certified mail of
the failure to comply with the arbitrator's award, and that the
license shall be automatically suspended 30 calendar days from the
date of that notice.
   (3) The licensee may appeal the suspension for noncompliance
within 15 calendar days after service of the notice by written notice
to the registrar.
   (4) Reinstatement may be made at any time following the suspension
by complying with the arbitrator's award and the final order of the
registrar. If no reinstatement of the license is made within 90 days
of the date of the automatic suspension, the license and any other
contractor's license issued to the licensee shall be automatically
revoked by operation of law for a period to be determined by the
registrar pursuant to Section 7102.
   (5) The registrar may delay, for good cause, the revocation of a
contractor's license for failure to comply with the arbitration
award. The delay in the revocation of the license shall not exceed
one year. When seeking a delay of the revocation of his or her
license, a licensee shall apply to the registrar in writing prior to
the date of the revocation of the licensee's license by operation of
law and state the reasons that establish good cause for the delay.
The registrar's power to grant a delay of the revocation shall expire
upon the effective date of the revocation of the licensee's license
by operation of law.
   (b) The licensee shall be automatically prohibited from serving as
an officer, director, associate, partner, manager, or qualifying
individual of another licensee, for the period determined by the
registrar and the employment, election, or association of that person
by another licensee shall constitute grounds for disciplinary
action. A qualifier disassociated pursuant to this section shall be
replaced within 90 days from the date of disassociation. Upon failure
to replace the qualifier within 90 days of the disassociation, the
license of the other licensee shall be automatically suspended or the
qualifier's classification removed at the end of the 90 days.
   SEC. 24.   SEC. 25.   Section 7090 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7090.  The registrar may upon his or her own motion and shall upon
the verified complaint in writing of any person, investigate the
actions of any applicant, contractor, or home improvement salesperson
within the state and may deny the licensure or the renewal of
licensure of, or cite, temporarily suspend, or permanently revoke any
license or registration if the applicant, licensee, or registrant,
is guilty of or commits any one or more of the acts or omissions
constituting causes for disciplinary action.
   The registrar may proceed to take disciplinary action as in this
article provided against an applicant or a person licensed or
registered under the provisions of this chapter even though the
grounds or cause for such disciplinary action arose upon projects or
while the applicant, licensee, or registrant was acting in a capacity
or under circumstances or facts which, under the provisions of
Sections 7044, 7045, 7046, and 7048, would otherwise exempt the
person or his or her operations from the provisions of this chapter.
   Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, if the registrar
finds that any contractor licensed or registered under the provisions
of this chapter has willfully and deliberately violated any state or
local law relating to the issuance of building permits, other than
failure to obtain a county or city permit for repair, maintenance,
and adjustment of equipment where such repair, maintenance, or
adjustment is valued at less than five hundred dollars ($500) for
labor or materials, or where the repair of a part or component part
of mechanical equipment consists of replacing such part or component
part of mechanical equipment in need of repair with the identical
part or component part, the registrar shall take disciplinary action
against the contractor's license in accordance with this chapter.
   For the purpose of this section, there shall be a rebuttable
presumption affecting the burden of proof that construction performed
without a permit is a willful and deliberate violation.
   For the purposes of this section, with respect to administrative
proceedings or hearings to suspend or revoke a contractor's license
 issued to a limited liability company,  the
registrar at all times shall have the burden of proof to establish by
clear and convincing evidence that he or she is entitled to the
relief sought in the petition.
   SEC. 25.   SEC. 26.   Section 7090.1 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7090.1.  (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the
failure to pay a civil penalty, or to comply with an order of
correction or an order to pay a specified sum to an injured party in
lieu of correction once the order has become final, shall result in
the automatic suspension of a license by operation of law 30 days
after noncompliance with the terms of the order.
   (2) The registrar shall notify the licensee in writing of the
failure to comply with the final order and that the license shall be
suspended 30 days from the date of the notice.
   (3) The licensee may contest the determination of noncompliance
within 15 days after service of the notice, by written notice to the
registrar. Upon receipt of the written notice, the registrar may
reconsider the determination and after reconsideration may affirm or
set aside the suspension.
   (4) Reinstatement may be made at any time following the suspension
by complying with the final order of the citation. If no
reinstatement of the license is made within 90 days of the date of
the automatic suspension, the cited license and any other contractor'
s license issued to the licensee shall be automatically revoked by
operation of law for a period to be determined by the registrar
pursuant to Section 7102.
   (5) The registrar may delay, for good cause, the revocation of a
contractor's license for failure to comply with the final order of
the citation. The delay in the revocation of the license shall not
exceed one year. When seeking a delay of the revocation of his or her
license, a licensee shall apply to the registrar in writing prior to
the date of the revocation of the licensee's license by operation of
law and state the reasons that establish good cause for the delay.
The registrar's power to grant a delay of the revocation shall expire
upon the effective date of the revocation of the licensee's license
by operation of law.
   (b) The cited licensee shall also be automatically prohibited from
serving as an officer, director, associate, partner, manager, or
qualifying individual of another licensee, for the period determined
by the registrar, and the employment, election, or association of
that person by a licensee shall constitute grounds for disciplinary
action. A qualifier disassociated pursuant to this section shall be
replaced within 90 days of the date of disassociation. Upon failure
to replace the qualifier within 90 days of the prohibition, the
license of the other licensee shall be automatically suspended or the
qualifier's classification removed at the end of the 90 days.
   SEC. 26.   SEC. 27.   Section 7096 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7096.  For the purposes of this chapter, the term "licensee" shall
include an individual, copartnership, corporation, limited liability
company, joint venture, or any combination or organization licensed
under this chapter, and shall also include any named responsible
managing officer, responsible managing manager, responsible managing
member, or personnel of that licentiate whose appearance has
qualified the licentiate under the provisions of Section 7068.
   SEC. 27.   SEC. 28.   Section 7121 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7121.   A person who has been denied a license for a reason other
than failure to document sufficient satisfactory experience for a
supplemental classification for an existing license, or who has had
his or her license revoked, or whose license is under suspension, or
who has failed to renew his or her license while it was under
suspension, or who has been a partner, officer, director, manager, or
associate of any partnership, corporation, limited liability
company, firm, or association whose application for a license has
been denied for a reason other than failure to document sufficient
satisfactory experience for a supplemental classification for an
existing license, or whose license has been revoked, or whose license
is under suspension, or who has failed to renew a license while it
was under suspension, and while acting as a partner, officer,
director, manager, or associate had knowledge of or participated in
any of the prohibited acts for which the license was denied,
suspended, or revoked, shall be prohibited from serving as an
officer, director, associate, partner, manager, qualifying
individual, or member of the personnel of record of a licensee, and
the employment, election, or association of this type of person by a
licensee in any capacity other than as a nonsupervising bona fide
employee shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
   SEC. 28.   SEC. 29.   Section 7121.1 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7121.1.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the
disassociation of a partner, officer, director, manager, or associate
from the license of a partnership, corporation, limited liability
company, firm, or association whose license has been cited pursuant
to Section 7099 shall not relieve the partner, officer, director,
manager, or associate from responsibility for complying with the
citation if he or she had knowledge of, or participated in, any of
the prohibited acts for which the citation was issued. Section 7121
shall apply to a partner, officer, director, manager, or associate of
a licensee that fails to comply with a citation after it is final.
   SEC. 29.   SEC. 30.   Section 7121.5 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7121.5.  A person who was the qualifying individual on a revoked
license, or of a license under suspension, or of a license that was
not renewed while it was under suspension, shall be prohibited from
serving as an officer, director, associate, partner, manager, or
qualifying individual of a licensee, whether or not the individual
had knowledge of or participated in the prohibited acts or omissions
for which the license was revoked, or suspended, and the employment,
election, or association of that person by a licensee shall
constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
   SEC. 30.   SEC. 31.   Section 7121.6 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7121.6.  (a) An individual who meets all of the following criteria
shall not perform any act regulated under this chapter for or on
behalf of a licensee, other than as a bona fide nonsupervising
employee:
   (1) The individual was listed as an officer, director, owner,
manager, partner, or associate of a license that was revoked.
   (2) The individual had knowledge of or participated in any act or
omission for which the license was revoked.
   (3) The individual is not eligible for reinstatement for licensure
under Section 7102.
   (b) An individual who meets all of the following criteria shall
not perform any act regulated under this chapter for or on behalf of
a licensee, other than as a bona fide nonsupervising employee:
   (1) The individual furnished the qualifications for licensure, as
set forth under Section 7068, and that license was revoked.
   (2) The individual served in the capacity of the qualifying
individual during the commission or omission of any of the acts that
resulted in the revocation of the license, whether or not he or she
had knowledge of or participated in those acts.
   (3) The individual is not eligible for reinstatement for licensure
under Section 7102.
   (c) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a
fine of not less than four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500), by
imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 90 days nor more
than one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment. The penalty
provided by this subdivision is cumulative to the penalties available
under other laws of this state.
   (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, an
indictment for any violation of this section shall be found or an
information or complaint filed within four years from the performance
of any act that is prohibited under this section.
   SEC. 31.   SEC. 32.   Section 7122 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7122.  The performance by an individual, partnership, corporation,
limited liability company, firm, or association of an act or
omission constituting a cause for disciplinary action, likewise
constitutes a cause for disciplinary action against a licensee other
than the individual qualifying on behalf of the individual or entity,
if the licensee was a partner, officer, director, manager, or
associate of that individual, partnership, corporation, limited
liability company, firm, or association at the time the act or
omission occurred, and had knowledge of or participated in the
prohibited act or omission.
   SEC. 32.   SEC. 33.   Section 7122.1 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7122.1.  Notwithstanding Section 7068.2 or any other provision of
this chapter, the disassociation of a qualifying individual from a
license after the act or omission has occurred that resulted in a
citation pursuant to Section 7099 shall not relieve the qualifying
individual from responsibility for complying with the citation.
Section 7122.5 shall apply to a qualifying individual of a licensee
that fails to comply with a citation after it is final.
   SEC. 33.   SEC. 34.   Section 7122.2 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7122.2.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 7068.2 or any other
provisions of this chapter, the disassociation of a qualifying
individual from a license that has been referred to arbitration
pursuant to Section 7085 shall not relieve the qualifying individual
from the responsibility of complying with an arbitration award
rendered as a result of acts or omissions committed while acting as
the qualifying individual for the license as provided under Sections
7068 and 7068.1.
   (b) Section 7122.5 shall apply to a qualifying individual of a
licensee that fails to comply with an arbitration award once it is
rendered.
   SEC. 34.   SEC. 35.   Section 7122.5 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7122.5.  The performance by an individual, partnership,
corporation, limited liability company, firm, or association of an
act or omission constituting a cause for disciplinary action,
likewise constitutes a cause for disciplinary action against a
licensee who at the time that the act or omission occurred was the
qualifying individual of that individual, partnership, corporation,
limited liability company, firm, or association, whether or not he or
she had knowledge of or participated in the prohibited act or
omission.
   SEC. 35.   SEC. 36.   Section 7137 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7137.  The board shall set fees by regulation. These fees shall
not exceed the following schedule:
   (a) The application fee for an original license in a single
classification shall not be more than three hundred dollars ($300).
   The application fee for each additional classification applied for
in connection with an original license shall not be more than
seventy-five dollars ($75).
   The application fee for each additional classification pursuant to
Section 7059 shall not be more than seventy-five dollars ($75).
   The application fee to replace a responsible managing officer,
responsible managing manager, responsible managing member, or
responsible managing employee pursuant to Section 7068.2 shall not be
more than seventy-five dollars ($75).
   (b) The fee for rescheduling an examination for an applicant who
has applied for an original license, additional classification, a
change of responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager,
responsible managing member, or responsible managing employee, or
for an asbestos certification or hazardous substance removal
certification, shall not be more than sixty dollars ($60).
   (c) The fee for scheduling or rescheduling an examination for a
licensee who is required to take the examination as a condition of
probation shall not be more than sixty dollars ($60).
   (d) The initial license fee for an active or inactive license
shall not be more than one hundred eighty dollars ($180).
   (e) The renewal fee for an active license shall not be more than
three hundred sixty dollars ($360).
   The renewal fee for an inactive license shall not be more than one
hundred eighty dollars ($180).
   (f) The delinquency fee is an amount equal to 50 percent of the
renewal fee, if the license is renewed after its expiration.
   (g) The registration fee for a home improvement salesperson shall
not be more than seventy-five dollars ($75).
   (h) The renewal fee for a home improvement salesperson
registration shall not be more than seventy-five dollars ($75).
   (i) The application fee for an asbestos certification examination
shall not be more than seventy-five dollars ($75).
   (j) The application fee for a hazardous substance removal or
remedial action certification examination shall not be more than
seventy-five dollars ($75).
   (k) In addition to any other fees charged to C-10 and C-7
contractors, the board may charge a fee not to exceed twenty dollars
($20), which shall be used by the board to enforce provisions of the
Labor Code related to electrician certification.
   SEC. 36.   SEC. 37.   Section 7138 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7138.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a fee paid in
connection with a service or application covered by Section 7137
shall accrue to the Contractors' License Fund as an earned fee and
shall not be refunded.
   SEC. 37.   SEC. 38.   Section 7152 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7152.  (a) "Home improvement salesperson" is a person employed by
a home improvement contractor licensed under this chapter to solicit,
sell, negotiate, or execute contracts for home improvements, for the
sale, installation or furnishing of home improvement goods or
services, or of swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs.
   (b) The following shall not be required to be registered as home
improvement salespersons:
   (1) An officer of record of a corporation licensed pursuant to
this chapter, or a manager of record of a limited liability company
licensed pursuant to this chapter.
   (2) A general partner listed on the license record of a
partnership licensed pursuant to this chapter.
   (3) A qualifying person, as defined in Section 7025.
   (4) A salesperson whose sales are all made pursuant to
negotiations between the parties if the negotiations are initiated by
the prospective buyer at or with a general merchandise retail
establishment that operates from a fixed location where goods or
services are offered for sale.
   (5) A person who contacts the prospective buyer for the exclusive
purpose of scheduling appointments for a registered home improvement
salesperson.
   (6) A bona fide service repairperson who is in the employ of a
licensed contractor and whose repair or service call is limited to
the service, repair, or emergency repair initially requested by the
buyer of the service.
   (c) The exemption to registration provided under paragraphs (1),
(2), and (3) of subdivision (b) shall apply only to those individuals
who, at the time of the sales transaction, are listed as personnel
of record for the licensee responsible for soliciting, negotiating,
or contracting for a service or improvement that is subject to
regulation under this article. 
  SEC. 38.   Section 7159 of the Business and
Professions Code is amended to read:
   7159.  (a) (1) This section identifies the projects for which a
home improvement contract is required, outlines the contract
requirements, and lists the items that shall be included in the
contract, or may be provided as an attachment.
   (2) This section does not apply to service and repair contracts
that are subject to Section 7159.10, if the contract for the
applicable services complies with Sections 7159.10 to 7159.14,
inclusive.
   (3) This section does not apply to the sale, installation, and
servicing of a fire alarm sold in conjunction with an alarm system,
as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 7590.1, if all costs
attributable to making the fire alarm system operable, including sale
and installation costs, do not exceed five hundred dollars ($500),
and the licensee complies with the requirements set forth in Section
7159.9.
   (4) This section does not apply to any costs associated with
monitoring a burglar or fire alarm system.
   (5) Failure by the licensee, his or her agent or salesperson, or
by a person subject to be licensed under this chapter, to provide the
specified information, notices, and disclosures in the contract, or
to otherwise fail to comply with any provision of this section, is
cause for discipline.
   (b) For purposes of this section, "home improvement contract"
means an agreement, whether oral or written, or contained in one or
more documents, between a contractor and an owner or between a
contractor and a tenant, regardless of the number of residence or
dwelling units contained in
the building in which the tenant resides, if the work is to be
performed in, to, or upon the residence or dwelling unit of the
tenant, for the performance of a home improvement, as defined in
Section 7151, and includes all labor, services, and materials to be
furnished and performed thereunder, if the aggregate contract price
specified in one or more improvement contracts, including all labor,
services, and materials to be furnished by the contractor, exceeds
five hundred dollars ($500). "Home improvement contract" also means
an agreement, whether oral or written, or contained in one or more
documents, between a salesperson, whether or not he or she is a home
improvement salesperson, and an owner or a tenant, regardless of the
number of residence or dwelling units contained in the building in
which the tenant resides, which provides for the sale, installation,
or furnishing of home improvement goods or services.
   (c) In addition to the specific requirements listed under this
section, every home improvement contract and any person subject to
licensure under this chapter or his or her agent or salesperson shall
comply with all of the following:
   (1) The writing shall be legible.
   (2) Any printed form shall be readable. Unless a larger typeface
is specified in this article, text in any printed form shall be in at
least 10-point typeface and the headings shall be in at least
10-point boldface type.
   (3) (A) Before any work is started, the contractor shall give the
buyer a copy of the contract signed and dated by both the contractor
and the buyer. The buyer's receipt of the copy of the contract
initiates the buyer's rights to cancel the contract pursuant to
Sections 1689.5 to 1689.14, inclusive, of the Civil Code.
   (B) The contract shall contain on the first page, in a typeface no
smaller than that generally used in the body of the document, both
of the following:
   (i) The date the buyer signed the contract.
   (ii) The name and address of the contractor to which the
applicable "Notice of Cancellation" is to be mailed, immediately
preceded by a statement advising the buyer that the "Notice of
Cancellation" may be sent to the contractor at the address noted on
the contract.
   (4) A statement that, upon satisfactory payment being made for any
portion of the work performed, the contractor, prior to any further
payment being made, shall furnish to the person contracting for the
home improvement or swimming pool work a full and unconditional
release from any claim or mechanic's lien pursuant to Section 3114 of
the Civil Code for that portion of the work for which payment has
been made.
   (5) A change-order form for changes or extra work shall be
incorporated into the contract and shall become part of the contract
only if it is in writing and signed by the parties prior to the
commencement of any work covered by a change order.
   (6) The contract shall contain, in close proximity to the
signatures of the owner and contractor, a notice stating that the
owner or tenant has the right to require the contractor to have a
performance and payment bond.
   (7) If the contract provides for a contractor to furnish joint
control, the contractor shall not have any financial or other
interest in the joint control.
   (8) The provisions of this section are not exclusive and do not
relieve the contractor from compliance with any other applicable
provision of law.
   (d) A home improvement contract and any changes to the contract
shall be in writing and signed by the parties to the contract prior
to the commencement of work covered by the contract or an applicable
change order and, except as provided in paragraph (8) of subdivision
(a) of Section 7159.5, shall include or comply with all of the
following:
   (1) The name, business address, and license number of the
contractor.
   (2) If applicable, the name and registration number of the home
improvement salesperson that solicited or negotiated the contract.
   (3) The following heading on the contract form that identifies the
type of contract in at least 10-point boldface type: "Home
Improvement."
   (4) The following statement in at least 12-point boldface type:
"You are entitled to a completely filled in copy of this agreement,
signed by both you and the contractor, before any work may be
started."
   (5) The heading: "Contract Price," followed by the amount of the
contract in dollars and cents.
   (6) If a finance charge will be charged, the heading: "Finance
Charge," followed by the amount in dollars and cents. The finance
charge is to be set out separately from the contract amount.
   (7) The heading: "Description of the Project and Description of
the Significant Materials to be Used and Equipment to be Installed,"
followed by a description of the project and a description of the
significant materials to be used and equipment to be installed. For
swimming pools, the project description required under this paragraph
also shall include a plan and scale drawing showing the shape, size,
dimensions, and the construction and equipment specifications.
   (8) If a downpayment will be charged, the details of the
downpayment shall be expressed in substantially the following form,
and shall include the text of the notice as specified in subparagraph
(C):
   (A) The heading: "Downpayment."
   (B) A space where the actual downpayment appears.
   (C) The following statement in at least 12-point boldface type:
   "THE DOWNPAYMENT MAY NOT EXCEED $1,000 OR 10 PERCENT OF THE
CONTRACT PRICE, WHICHEVER IS LESS."
   (9) If payments, other than the downpayment, are to be made before
the project is completed, the details of these payments, known as
progress payments, shall be expressed in substantially the following
form, and shall include the text of the statement as specified in
subparagraph (C):
   (A) A schedule of progress payments shall be preceded by the
heading: "Schedule of Progress Payments."
   (B) Each progress payment shall be stated in dollars and cents and
specifically reference the amount of work or services to be
performed and materials and equipment to be supplied.
   (C) The section of the contract reserved for the progress payments
shall include the following statement in at least 12-point boldface
type:
   "The schedule of progress payments must specifically describe each
phase of work, including the type and amount of work or services
scheduled to be supplied in each phase, along with the amount of each
proposed progress payment. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR A CONTRACTOR TO
COLLECT PAYMENT FOR WORK NOT YET COMPLETED, OR FOR MATERIALS NOT YET
DELIVERED. HOWEVER, A CONTRACTOR MAY REQUIRE A DOWNPAYMENT."
   (10) The contract shall address the commencement of work to be
performed in substantially the following form:
   (A) A statement that describes what constitutes substantial
commencement of work under the contract.
   (B) The heading: "Approximate Start Date."
   (C) The approximate date on which work will be commenced.
   (11) The estimated completion date of the work shall be referenced
in the contract in substantially the following form:
   (A) The heading: "Approximate Completion Date."
   (B) The approximate date of completion.
   (12) If applicable, the heading: "List of Documents to be
Incorporated into the Contract," followed by the list of documents
incorporated into the contract.
   (13) The heading: "Note About Extra Work and Change Orders,"
followed by the following statement:
   "Extra Work and Change Orders become part of the contract once the
order is prepared in writing and signed by the parties prior to the
commencement of work covered by the new change order. The order must
describe the scope of the extra work or change, the cost to be added
or subtracted from the contract, and the effect the order will have
on the schedule of progress payments."
   (e) Except as provided in paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of
Section 7159.5, all of the following notices shall be provided to the
owner as part of the contract form as specified or, if otherwise
authorized under this subdivision, may be provided as an attachment
to the contract:
   (1) A notice concerning commercial general liability insurance.
This notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the following statement: "A notice concerning
commercial general liability insurance is attached to this contract."
The notice shall include the heading "Commercial General Liability
Insurance (CGL)," followed by whichever of the following statements
is both relevant and correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') does not carry
commercial general liability insurance."
   (B) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') carries
commercial general liability insurance written by (the insurance
company). You may call (the insurance company) at __________ to check
the contractor's insurance coverage."
   (C) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') is
self-insured."
   (D) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor' is a limited
liability company that carries liability insurance or maintains other
security as required by law. You may call (the insurance company or
trust company or bank) at ____ to check on the contractor's insurance
coverage or security."
   (2) A notice concerning workers' compensation insurance. This
notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the statement: "A notice concerning workers'
compensation insurance is attached to this contract." The notice
shall include the heading "Workers' Compensation Insurance" followed
by whichever of the following statements is correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') has no
employees and is exempt from workers' compensation requirements."
   (B) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') carries
workers' compensation insurance for all employees."
   (3) A notice that provides the buyer with the following
information about the performance of extra or change-order work:
   (A) A statement that the buyer may not require a contractor to
perform extra or change-order work without providing written
authorization prior to the commencement of work covered by the new
change order.
   (B) A statement informing the buyer that extra work or a change
order is not enforceable against a buyer unless the change order also
identifies all of the following in writing prior to the commencement
of work covered by the new change order:
   (i) The scope of work encompassed by the order.
   (ii) The amount to be added or subtracted from the contract.
   (iii) The effect the order will make in the progress payments or
the completion date.
   (C) A statement informing the buyer that the contractor's failure
to comply with the requirements of this paragraph does not preclude
the recovery of compensation for work performed based upon legal or
equitable remedies designed to prevent unjust enrichment.
   (4) A notice with the heading "Mechanics' Lien Warning" written as
follows:

   "MECHANICS' LIEN WARNING:
   Anyone who helps improve your property, but who is not paid, may
record what is called a mechanics' lien on your property. A mechanics'
lien is a claim, like a mortgage or home equity loan, made against
your property and recorded with the county recorder.
   Even if you pay your contractor in full, unpaid subcontractors,
suppliers, and laborers who helped to improve your property may
record mechanics' liens and sue you in court to foreclose the lien.
If a court finds the lien is valid, you could be forced to pay twice
or have a court officer sell your home to pay the lien. Liens can
also affect your credit.
   To preserve their right to record a lien, each subcontractor and
material supplier must provide you with a document called a "20-day
Preliminary Notice.' This notice is not a lien. The purpose of the
notice is to let you know that the person who sends you the notice
has the right to record a lien on your property if he or she is not
paid.
   BE CAREFUL.  The Preliminary Notice can be sent up to 20 days
after the subcontractor starts work or the supplier provides
material. This can be a big problem if you pay your contractor before
you have received the Preliminary Notices.
   You will not get Preliminary Notices from your prime contractor or
from laborers who work on your project. The law assumes that you
already know they are improving your property.
   PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LIENS.  You can protect yourself from liens
by getting a list from your contractor of all the subcontractors and
material suppliers that work on your project. Find out from your
contractor when these subcontractors started work and when these
suppliers delivered goods or materials. Then wait 20 days, paying
attention to the Preliminary Notices you receive.
   PAY WITH JOINT CHECKS.  One way to protect yourself is to pay with
a joint check. When your contractor tells you it is time to pay for
the work of a subcontractor or supplier who has provided you with a
Preliminary Notice, write a joint check payable to both the
contractor and the subcontractor or material supplier.
   For other ways to prevent liens, visit CSLB's Internet Web site at
www.cslb.ca.gov or call CSLB at 800-321-CSLB (2752).
   REMEMBER, IF YOU DO NOTHING, YOU RISK HAVING A LIEN PLACED ON YOUR
HOME. This can mean that you may have to pay twice, or face the
forced sale of your home to pay what you owe."

   (5) The following notice shall be provided in at least 12-point
typeface:

   "Information about the Contractors' State License Board (CSLB):
CSLB is the state consumer protection agency that licenses and
regulates construction contractors.
   Contact CSLB for information about the licensed contractor you are
considering, including information about disclosable complaints,
disciplinary actions, and civil judgments that are reported to CSLB.
   Use only licensed contractors. If you file a complaint against a
licensed contractor within the legal deadline (usually four years),
CSLB has authority to investigate the complaint. If you use an
unlicensed contractor, CSLB may not be able to help you resolve your
complaint. Your only remedy may be in civil court, and you may be
liable for damages arising out of any injuries to the unlicensed
contractor or the unlicensed contractor's employees.
   For more information:
   Visit CSLB's Internet Web site at www.cslb.ca.gov
   Call CSLB at 800-321-CSLB (2752)
   Write CSLB at P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, CA 95826."

   (6) (A) The notice set forth in subparagraph (B) and entitled
"Three-Day Right to Cancel," shall be provided to the buyer unless
the contract is:
   (i) Negotiated at the contractor's place of business.
   (ii) Subject to the "Seven-Day Right to Cancel," as set forth in
paragraph (7).
   (iii) Subject to licensure under the Alarm Company Act (Chapter
11.6 (commencing with Section 7590)), provided the alarm company
licensee complies with Sections 1689.5, 1689.6, and 1689.7 of the
Civil Code, as applicable.

   (B) "Three-Day Right to Cancel
   You, the buyer, have the right to cancel this contract within
three business days. You may cancel by e-mailing, mailing, faxing, or
delivering a written notice to the contractor at the contractor's
place of business by midnight of the third business day after you
received a signed and dated copy of the contract that includes this
notice. Include your name, your address, and the date you received
the signed copy of the contract and this notice.
   If you cancel, the contractor must return to you anything you paid
within 10 days of receiving the notice of cancellation. For your
part, you must make available to the contractor at your residence, in
substantially as good condition as you received them, goods
delivered to you under this contract or sale. Or, you may, if you
wish, comply with the contractor's instructions on how to return the
goods at the contractor's expense and risk. If you do make the goods
available to the contractor and the contractor does not pick them up
within 20 days of the date of your notice of cancellation, you may
keep them without any further obligation. If you fail to make the
goods available to the contractor, or if you agree to return the
goods to the contractor and fail to do so, then you remain liable for
performance of all obligations under the contract."

   (C) The "Three-Day Right to Cancel" notice required by this
paragraph shall comply with all of the following:
   (i) The text of the notice is at least 12-point boldface type.
   (ii) The notice is in immediate proximity to a space reserved for
the owner's signature.
   (iii) The owner acknowledges receipt of the notice by signing and
dating the notice form in the signature space.
   (iv) The notice is written in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as
that principally used in any oral sales presentation.
   (v) The notice may be attached to the contract if the contract
includes, in at least 12-point boldface type, a checkbox with the
following statement: "The law requires that the contractor give you a
notice explaining your right to cancel. Initial the checkbox if the
contractor has given you a "Notice of the Three-Day Right to Cancel.'
"
   (vi) The notice shall be accompanied by a completed form in
duplicate, captioned "Notice of Cancellation," which also shall be
attached to the agreement or offer to purchase and be easily
detachable, and which shall contain the following statement written
in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as used in the contract:
             ""Notice of Cancellation''
                      /enter date of transaction/
                    ______________________________
                                (Date)


   "You may cancel this transaction, without any penalty or
obligation, within three business days from the above date.
   If you cancel, any property traded in, any payments made by you
under the contract or sale, and any negotiable instrument executed by
you will be returned within 10 days following receipt by the seller
of your cancellation notice, and any security interest arising out of
the transaction will be canceled.
   If you cancel, you must make available to the seller at your
residence, in substantially as good condition as when received, any
goods delivered to you under this contract or sale, or you may, if
you wish, comply with the instructions of the seller regarding the
return shipment of the goods at the seller's expense and risk.
   If you do make the goods available to the seller and the seller
does not pick them up within 20 days of the date of your notice of
cancellation, you may retain or dispose of the goods without any
further obligation. If you fail to make the goods available to the
seller, or if you agree to return the goods to the seller and fail to
do so, then you remain liable for performance of all obligations
under the contract."
To cancel this transaction, mail or deliver a
signed and dated copy of this cancellation
notice, or any other written notice, or send a
telegram
to_____________________________________________,
                /name of seller/
at______________________________________________
           /address of seller's place of
business/
not later than midnight of_____________________.
                           (Date)
  I hereby cancel this transaction. _____________
                             (Date)
             ____________________________________
                       (Buyer's signature)


   (7) (A) The following notice entitled "Seven-Day Right to Cancel"
shall be provided to the buyer for any contract that is written for
the repair or restoration of residential premises damaged by any
sudden or catastrophic event for which a state of emergency has been
declared by the President of the United States or the Governor, or
for which a local emergency has been declared by the executive
officer or governing body of any city, county, or city and county:

   "Seven-Day Right to Cancel
   You, the buyer, have the right to cancel this contract within
seven business days. You may cancel by e-mailing, mailing, faxing, or
delivering a written notice to the contractor at the contractor's
place of business by midnight of the seventh business day after you
received a signed and dated copy of the contract that includes this
notice. Include your name, your address, and the date you received
the signed copy of the contract and this notice.
   If you cancel, the contractor must return to you anything you paid
within 10 days of receiving the notice of cancellation. For your
part, you must make available to the contractor at your residence, in
substantially as good condition as you received them, goods
delivered to you under this contract or sale. Or, you may, if you
wish, comply with the contractor's instructions on how to return the
goods at the contractor's expense and risk. If you do make the goods
available to the contractor and the contractor does not pick them up
within 20 days of the date of your notice of cancellation, you may
keep them without any further obligation. If you fail to make the
goods available to the contractor, or if you agree to return the
goods to the contractor and fail to do so, then you remain liable for
performance of all obligations under the contract."

   (B) The "Seven-Day Right to Cancel" notice required by this
subdivision shall comply with all of the following:
   (i) The text of the notice is at least 12-point boldface type.
   (ii) The notice is in immediate proximity to a space reserved for
the owner's signature.
   (iii) The owner acknowledges receipt of the notice by signing and
dating the notice form in the signature space.
   (iv) The notice is written in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as
that principally used in any oral sales presentation.
   (v) The notice may be attached to the contract if the contract
includes, in at least 12-point boldface type, a checkbox with the
following statement: "The law requires that the contractor give you a
notice explaining your right to cancel. Initial the checkbox if the
contractor has given you a "Notice of the Seven-Day Right to Cancel.'
"
   (vi) The notice shall be accompanied by a completed form in
duplicate, captioned "Notice of Cancellation," which shall also be
attached to the agreement or offer to purchase and be easily
detachable, and which shall contain the following statement written
in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as used in the contract:
            ""Notice of Cancellation''
                      /enter date of transaction/
                    ______________________________
                                (Date)


   "You may cancel this transaction, without any penalty or
obligation, within seven business days from the above date.
   If you cancel, any property traded in, any payments made by you
under the contract or sale, and any negotiable instrument executed by
you will be returned within 10 days following receipt by the seller
of your cancellation notice, and any security interest arising out of
the transaction will be canceled.
                                     If you cancel, you must make
available to the seller at your residence, in substantially as good
condition as when received, any goods delivered to you under this
contract or sale, or you may, if you wish, comply with the
instructions of the seller regarding the return shipment of the goods
at the seller's expense and risk.
   If you do make the goods available to the seller and the seller
does not pick them up within 20 days of the date of your notice of
cancellation, you may retain or dispose of the goods without any
further obligation. If you fail to make the goods available to the
seller, or if you agree to return the goods to the seller and fail to
do so, then you remain liable for performance of all obligations
under the contract."
To cancel this transaction, mail or deliver a
signed and dated copy of this cancellation
notice, or any other written notice, or send a
telegram
to_____________________________________________,
                /name of seller/
at______________________________________________
           /address of seller's place of
business/
not later than midnight of_____________________.
                           (Date)
  I hereby cancel this transaction. _____________
                             (Date)
             ____________________________________
                        (Buyer's signature)


   SEC. 39.    Section 7159 of the   Business
and Professions Code   is amended to read: 
   7159.  (a) (1) This section identifies the projects for which a
home improvement contract is required, outlines the contract
requirements, and lists the items that shall be included in the
contract, or may be provided as an attachment.
   (2) This section does not apply to service and repair contracts
that are subject to Section 7159.10, if the contract for the
applicable services complies with Sections 7159.10 to 7159.14,
inclusive.
   (3) This section does not apply to the sale, installation, and
servicing of a fire alarm sold in conjunction with an alarm system,
as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 7590.1, if all costs
attributable to making the fire alarm system operable, including sale
and installation costs, do not exceed five hundred dollars ($500),
and the licensee complies with the requirements set forth in Section
7159.9.
   (4) This section does not apply to any costs associated with
monitoring a burglar or fire alarm system.
   (5) Failure by the licensee, his or her agent or salesperson, or
by a person subject to be licensed under this chapter, to provide the
specified information, notices, and disclosures in the contract, or
to otherwise fail to comply with any provision of this section, is
cause for discipline.
   (b) For purposes of this section, "home improvement contract"
means an agreement, whether oral or written, or contained in one or
more documents, between a contractor and an owner or between a
contractor and a tenant, regardless of the number of residence or
dwelling units contained in the building in which the tenant resides,
if the work is to be performed in, to, or upon the residence or
dwelling unit of the tenant, for the performance of a home
improvement, as defined in Section 7151, and includes all labor,
services, and materials to be furnished and performed thereunder, if
the aggregate contract price specified in one or more improvement
contracts, including all labor, services, and materials to be
furnished by the contractor, exceeds five hundred dollars ($500).
"Home improvement contract" also means an agreement, whether oral or
written, or contained in one or more documents, between a
salesperson, whether or not he or she is a home improvement
salesperson, and an owner or a tenant, regardless of the number of
residence or dwelling units contained in the building in which the
tenant resides, which provides for the sale, installation, or
furnishing of home improvement goods or services.
   (c) In addition to the specific requirements listed under this
section, every home improvement contract and any person subject to
licensure under this chapter or his or her agent or salesperson shall
comply with all of the following:
   (1) The writing shall be legible.
   (2) Any printed form shall be readable. Unless a larger typeface
is specified in this article, text in any printed form shall be in at
least 10-point typeface and the headings shall be in at least
10-point boldface type.
   (3) (A) Before any work is started, the contractor shall give the
buyer a copy of the contract signed and dated by both the contractor
and the buyer. The buyer's receipt of the copy of the contract
initiates the buyer's rights to cancel the contract pursuant to
Sections 1689.5 to 1689.14, inclusive, of the Civil Code.
   (B) The contract shall contain on the first page, in a typeface no
smaller than that generally used in the body of the document, both
of the following:
   (i) The date the buyer signed the contract.
   (ii) The name and address of the contractor to which the
applicable "Notice of Cancellation" is to be mailed, immediately
preceded by a statement advising the buyer that the "Notice of
Cancellation" may be sent to the contractor at the address noted on
the contract.
   (4) The contract shall include a statement that, upon satisfactory
payment being made for any portion of the work performed, the
contractor, prior to any further payment being made, shall furnish to
the person contracting for the home improvement or swimming pool
work a full and unconditional release from any potential lien
claimant claim or mechanic's lien authorized pursuant to Section 3110
of the Civil Code for that portion of the work for which payment has
been made.
   (5) A change-order form for changes or extra work shall be
incorporated into the contract and shall become part of the contract
only if it is in writing and signed by the parties prior to the
commencement of any work covered by a change order.
   (6) The contract shall contain, in close proximity to the
signatures of the owner and contractor, a notice stating that the
owner or tenant has the right to require the contractor to have a
performance and payment bond.
   (7) If the contract provides for a contractor to furnish joint
control, the contractor shall not have any financial or other
interest in the joint control.
   (8) The provisions of this section are not exclusive and do not
relieve the contractor from compliance with any other applicable
provision of law.
   (d) A home improvement contract and any changes to the contract
shall be in writing and signed by the parties to the contract prior
to the commencement of work covered by the contract or an applicable
change order and, except as provided in paragraph (8) of subdivision
(a) of Section 7159.5, shall include or comply with all of the
following:
   (1) The name, business address, and license number of the
contractor.
   (2) If applicable, the name and registration number of the home
improvement salesperson that solicited or negotiated the contract.
   (3) The following heading on the contract form that identifies the
type of contract in at least 10-point boldface type: "Home
Improvement."
   (4) The following statement in at least 12-point boldface type:
"You are entitled to a completely filled in copy of this agreement,
signed by both you and the contractor, before any work may be
started."
   (5) The heading: "Contract Price," followed by the amount of the
contract in dollars and cents.
   (6) If a finance charge will be charged, the heading: "Finance
Charge," followed by the amount in dollars and cents. The finance
charge is to be set out separately from the contract amount.
   (7) The heading: "Description of the Project and Description of
the Significant Materials to be Used and Equipment to be Installed,"
followed by a description of the project and a description of the
significant materials to be used and equipment to be installed. For
swimming pools, the project description required under this paragraph
also shall include a plan and scale drawing showing the shape, size,
dimensions, and the construction and equipment specifications.
   (8) If a downpayment will be charged, the details of the
downpayment shall be expressed in substantially the following form,
and shall include the text of the notice as specified in subparagraph
(C):
   (A) The heading: "Downpayment."
   (B) A space where the actual downpayment appears.
   (C) The following statement in at least 12-point boldface type:

   "THE DOWNPAYMENT MAY NOT EXCEED $1,000 OR 10 PERCENT OF THE
CONTRACT PRICE, WHICHEVER IS LESS."

   (9) If payments, other than the downpayment, are to be made before
the project is completed, the details of these payments, known as
progress payments, shall be expressed in substantially the following
form, and shall include the text of the statement as specified in
subparagraph (C):
   (A) A schedule of progress payments shall be preceded by the
heading: "Schedule of Progress Payments."
   (B) Each progress payment shall be stated in dollars and cents and
specifically reference the amount of work or services to be
performed and materials and equipment to be supplied.
   (C) The section of the contract reserved for the progress payments
shall include the following statement in at least 12-point boldface
type:

   "The schedule of progress payments must specifically describe each
phase of work, including the type and amount of work or services
scheduled to be supplied in each phase, along with the amount of each
proposed progress payment. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW FOR A CONTRACTOR TO
COLLECT PAYMENT FOR WORK NOT YET COMPLETED, OR FOR MATERIALS NOT YET
DELIVERED. HOWEVER, A CONTRACTOR MAY REQUIRE A DOWNPAYMENT."

   (10) The contract shall address the commencement of work to be
performed in substantially the following form:
   (A) A statement that describes what constitutes substantial
commencement of work under the contract.
   (B) The heading: "Approximate Start Date."
   (C) The approximate date on which work will be commenced.
   (11) The estimated completion date of the work shall be referenced
in the contract in substantially the following form:
   (A) The heading: "Approximate Completion Date."
   (B) The approximate date of completion.
   (12) If applicable, the heading: "List of Documents to be
Incorporated into the Contract," followed by the list of documents
incorporated into the contract.
   (13) The heading: "Note  about   About 
Extra Work and Change Orders," followed by the following statement:

   "Extra Work and Change Orders become part of the contract once the
order is prepared in writing and signed by the parties prior to the
commencement of work covered by the new change order. The order must
describe the scope of the extra work or change, the cost to be added
or subtracted from the contract, and the effect the order will have
on the schedule of progress payments."

   (e) Except as provided in paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of
Section 7159.5, all of the following notices shall be provided to the
owner as part of the contract form as specified or, if otherwise
authorized under this subdivision, may be provided as an attachment
to the contract:
   (1) A notice concerning commercial general liability insurance.
This notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the following statement: "A notice concerning
commercial general liability insurance is attached to this contract."
The notice shall include the heading "Commercial General Liability
Insurance (CGL)," followed by whichever of the following statements
is both relevant and correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') does not carry
commercial general liability insurance."
   (B) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') carries
commercial general liability insurance written by (the insurance
company). You may call (the insurance company) at __________ to check
the contractor's insurance coverage."
   (C) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') is
self-insured." 
   (D) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') is a limited
liability company that carries liability insurance or maintains other
security as required by law. You may call (the insurance company or
trust company or bank) at ____ to check on the contractor's insurance
coverage or security." 
   (2) A notice concerning workers' compensation insurance. This
notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the statement: "A notice concerning workers'
compensation insurance is attached to this contract." The notice
shall include the heading "Workers' Compensation Insurance" followed
by whichever of the following statements is correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') has no
employees and is exempt from workers' compensation requirements."
   (B) "(The name on the license or "This contractor') carries
workers' compensation insurance for all employees."
   (3) A notice that provides the buyer with the following
information about the performance of extra or change-order work:
   (A) A statement that the buyer may not require a contractor to
perform extra or change-order work without providing written
authorization prior to the commencement of work covered by the new
change order.
   (B) A statement informing the buyer that extra work or a change
order is not enforceable against a buyer unless the change order also
identifies all of the following in writing prior to the commencement
of work covered by the new change order:
   (i) The scope of work encompassed by the order.
   (ii) The amount to be added or subtracted from the contract.
   (iii) The effect the order will make in the progress payments or
the completion date.
   (C) A statement informing the buyer that the contractor's failure
to comply with the requirements of this paragraph does not preclude
the recovery of compensation for work performed based upon legal or
equitable remedies designed to prevent unjust enrichment.
   (4) A notice with the heading "Mechanics' Lien Warning" written as
follows:


   "MECHANICS' LIEN WARNING:

   Anyone who helps improve your property, but who is not paid, may
record what is called a mechanics' lien on your property. A mechanics'
lien is a claim, like a mortgage or home equity loan, made against
your property and recorded with the county recorder.
   Even if you pay your contractor in full, unpaid subcontractors,
suppliers, and laborers who helped to improve your property may
record mechanics' liens and sue you in court to foreclose the lien.
If a court finds the lien is valid, you could be forced to pay twice
or have a court officer sell your home to pay the lien. Liens can
also affect your credit.
   To preserve their right to record a lien, each subcontractor and
material supplier must provide you with a document called a "20-day
Preliminary Notice.' This notice is not a lien. The purpose of the
notice is to let you know that the person who sends you the notice
has the right to record a lien on your property if he or she is not
paid.
   BE CAREFUL.  The Preliminary Notice can be sent up to 20 days
after the subcontractor starts work or the supplier provides
material. This can be a big problem if you pay your contractor before
you have received the Preliminary Notices.
   You will not get Preliminary Notices from your prime contractor or
from laborers who work on your project. The law assumes that you
already know they are improving your property.
   PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LIENS.  You can protect yourself from liens
by getting a list from your contractor of all the subcontractors and
material suppliers that work on your project. Find out from your
contractor when these subcontractors started work and when these
suppliers delivered goods or materials. Then wait 20 days, paying
attention to the Preliminary Notices you receive.
   PAY WITH JOINT CHECKS.  One way to protect yourself is to pay with
a joint check. When your contractor tells you it is time to pay for
the work of a subcontractor or supplier who has provided you with a
Preliminary Notice, write a joint check payable to both the
contractor and the subcontractor or material supplier.
   For other ways to prevent liens, visit CSLB's Internet Web site at
www.cslb.ca.gov or call CSLB at 800-321-CSLB (2752).
   REMEMBER, IF YOU DO NOTHING, YOU RISK HAVING A LIEN PLACED ON YOUR
HOME. This can mean that you may have to pay twice, or face the
forced sale of your home to pay what you owe."

   (5) The following notice shall be provided in at least 12-point
typeface:

   "Information about the Contractors' State License Board (CSLB):
CSLB is the state consumer protection agency that licenses and
regulates construction contractors.
   Contact CSLB for information about the licensed contractor you are
considering, including information about disclosable complaints,
disciplinary actions, and civil judgments that are reported to CSLB.
   Use only licensed contractors. If you file a complaint against a
licensed contractor within the legal deadline (usually four years),
CSLB has authority to investigate the complaint. If you use an
unlicensed contractor, CSLB may not be able to help you resolve your
complaint. Your only remedy may be in civil court, and you may be
liable for damages arising out of any injuries to the unlicensed
contractor or the unlicensed contractor's employees.
   For more information:
   Visit CSLB's Internet Web site at www.cslb.ca.gov
   Call CSLB at 800-321-CSLB (2752)
   Write CSLB at P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, CA 95826."

   (6) (A) The notice set forth in subparagraph (B) and entitled
"Three-Day Right to Cancel," shall be provided to the buyer unless
the contract is:
   (i) Negotiated at the contractor's place of business.
   (ii) Subject to the "Seven-Day Right to Cancel," as set forth in
paragraph (7).
   (iii) Subject to licensure under the Alarm Company Act (Chapter
11.6 (commencing with Section 7590)), provided the alarm company
licensee complies with Sections 1689.5, 1689.6, and 1689.7 of the
Civil Code, as applicable.

   (B) "Three-Day Right to Cancel
   You, the buyer, have the right to cancel this contract within
three business days. You may cancel by e-mailing, mailing, faxing, or
delivering a written notice to the contractor at the contractor's
place of business by midnight of the third business day after you
received a signed and dated copy of the contract that includes this
notice. Include your name, your address, and the date you received
the signed copy of the contract and this notice.
   If you cancel, the contractor must return to you anything you paid
within 10 days of receiving the notice of cancellation. For your
part, you must make available to the contractor at your residence, in
substantially as good condition as you received them, goods
delivered to you under this contract or sale. Or, you may, if you
wish, comply with the contractor's instructions on how to return the
goods at the contractor's expense and risk. If you do make the goods
available to the contractor and the contractor does not pick them up
within 20 days of the date of your notice of cancellation, you may
keep them without any further obligation. If you fail to make the
goods available to the contractor, or if you agree to return the
goods to the contractor and fail to do so, then you remain liable for
performance of all obligations under the contract."

   (C) The "Three-Day Right to Cancel" notice required by this
paragraph shall comply with all of the following:
   (i) The text of the notice is at least 12-point boldface type.
   (ii) The notice is in immediate proximity to a space reserved for
the owner's signature.
   (iii) The owner acknowledges receipt of the notice by signing and
dating the notice form in the signature space.
   (iv) The notice is written in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as
that principally used in any oral sales presentation.
   (v) The notice may be attached to the contract if the contract
includes, in at least 12-point boldface type, a checkbox with the
following statement: "The law requires that the contractor give you a
notice explaining your right to cancel. Initial the checkbox if the
contractor has given you a "Notice of the Three-Day Right to Cancel.'
"
   (vi) The notice shall be accompanied by a completed form in
duplicate, captioned "Notice of Cancellation," which also shall be
attached to the agreement or offer to purchase and be easily
detachable, and which shall contain the following statement written
in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as used in the contract:
             ""Notice of Cancellation''
                      /enter date of transaction/
                    ______________________________
                                (Date)



   "You may cancel this transaction, without any penalty or
obligation, within three business days from the above date.
   If you cancel, any property traded in, any payments made by you
under the contract or sale, and any negotiable instrument executed by
you will be returned within 10 days following receipt by the seller
of your cancellation notice, and any security interest arising out of
the transaction will be canceled.
   If you cancel, you must make available to the seller at your
residence, in substantially as good condition as when received, any
goods delivered to you under this contract or sale, or you may, if
you wish, comply with the instructions of the seller regarding the
return shipment of the goods at the seller's expense and risk.
   If you do make the goods available to the seller and the seller
does not pick them up within 20 days of the date of your notice of
cancellation, you may retain or dispose of the goods without any
further obligation. If you fail to make the goods available to the
seller, or if you agree to return the goods to the seller and fail to
do so, then you remain liable for performance of all obligations
under the contract."

To cancel this transaction, mail or deliver a
signed and dated copy of this cancellation
notice, or any other written notice, or send a
telegram
to_____________________________________________,
                /name of seller/
at______________________________________________
           /address of seller's place of
business/
not later than midnight of_____________________.
                           (Date)
  I hereby cancel this transaction. _____________
                             (Date)
             ____________________________________
                       (Buyer's signature)


   (7) (A) The following notice entitled "Seven-Day Right to Cancel"
shall be provided to the buyer for any contract that is written for
the repair or restoration of residential premises damaged by any
sudden or catastrophic event for which a state of emergency has been
declared by the President of the United States or the Governor, or
for which a local emergency has been declared by the executive
officer or governing body of any city, county, or city and county:

   "Seven-Day Right to Cancel
   You, the buyer, have the right to cancel this contract within
seven business days. You may cancel by e-mailing, mailing, faxing, or
delivering a written notice to the contractor at the contractor's
place of business by midnight of the seventh business day after you
received a signed and dated copy of the contract that includes this
notice. Include your name, your address, and the date you received
the signed copy of the contract and this notice.
   If you cancel, the contractor must return to you anything you paid
within 10 days of receiving the notice of cancellation. For your
part, you must make available to the contractor at your residence, in
substantially as good condition as you received them, goods
delivered to you under this contract or sale. Or, you may, if you
wish, comply with the contractor's instructions on how to return the
goods at the contractor's expense and risk. If you do make the goods
available to the contractor and the contractor does not pick them up
within 20 days of the date of your notice of cancellation, you may
keep them without any further obligation. If you fail to make the
goods available to the contractor, or if you agree to return the
goods to the contractor and fail to do so, then you remain liable for
performance of all obligations under the contract."

   (B) The "Seven-Day Right to Cancel" notice required by this
subdivision shall comply with all of the following:
   (i) The text of the notice is at least 12-point boldface type.
   (ii) The notice is in immediate proximity to a space reserved for
the owner's signature.
   (iii) The owner acknowledges receipt of the notice by signing and
dating the notice form in the signature space.
   (iv) The notice is written in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as
that principally used in any oral sales presentation.
   (v) The notice may be attached to the contract if the contract
includes, in at least 12-point boldface type, a checkbox with the
following statement: "The law requires that the contractor give you a
notice explaining your right to cancel. Initial the checkbox if the
contractor has given you a "Notice of the Seven-Day Right to Cancel.'
"
   (vi) The notice shall be accompanied by a completed form in
duplicate, captioned "Notice of Cancellation," which shall also be
attached to the agreement or offer to purchase and be easily
detachable, and which shall contain the following statement written
in the same language, e.g., Spanish, as used in the contract:
            ""Notice of Cancellation''
                      /enter date of transaction/
                    ______________________________
                                (Date)



   "You may cancel this transaction, without any penalty or
obligation, within seven business days from the above date.
   If you cancel, any property traded in, any payments made by you
under the contract or sale, and any negotiable instrument executed by
you will be returned within 10 days following receipt by the seller
of your cancellation notice, and any security interest arising out of
the transaction will be canceled.
   If you cancel, you must make available to the seller at your
residence, in substantially as good condition as when received, any
goods delivered to you under this contract or sale, or you may, if
you wish, comply with the instructions of the seller regarding the
return shipment of the goods at the seller's expense and risk.

     If you do make the goods available to the seller and the seller
does not pick them up within 20 days of the date of your notice of
cancellation, you may retain or dispose of the goods without any
further obligation. If you fail to make the goods available to the
seller, or if you agree to return the goods to the seller and fail to
do so, then you remain liable for performance of all obligations
under the contract."

To cancel this transaction, mail or deliver a
signed and dated copy of this
cancellation notice, or any other written
notice, or send a telegram
to_____________________________________________,
                /name of seller/
at______________________________________________
           /address of seller's place of
business/
not later than       midnight of_______________.
                           (Date)
  I hereby cancel this transaction. _____________
                             (Date)
             ____________________________________
                        (Buyer's signature)


   SEC. 39.   SEC. 40.   Section 7159.10 of
the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
   7159.10.  (a) (1) "Service and repair contract" means an agreement
between a contractor or salesperson for a contractor, whether a
general contractor or a specialty contractor, who is licensed or
subject to be licensed pursuant to this chapter with regard to the
transaction, and a homeowner or a tenant, for the performance of a
home improvement as defined in Section 7151, that conforms to the
following requirements:
   (A) The contract amount is seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) or
less.
   (B) The prospective buyer initiated contact with the contractor to
request the work.
   (C) The contractor does not sell the buyer goods or services
beyond those reasonably necessary to take care of the particular
problem that caused the buyer to contact the contractor.
   (D) No payment is due, or accepted by the contractor, until the
work is completed.
   (2) As used in this subdivision, "the work is completed" means
that all of the conditions that caused the buyer to contact the
contractor for service and repairs have been fully corrected and, if
applicable, the building department has accepted and approved the
corrective work.
   (b) For any contract written pursuant to subdivision (a) or
otherwise presented to the buyer as a service and repair contract,
unless all of the conforming requirements for service and repair
contracts specified in subdivision (a) are met, the contract
requirements for home improvements set forth in subdivisions (c),
(d), and (e) of Section 7159 shall be applicable, including any
rights to rescind the contract as set forth in Section 1689.6 or
1689.7 of the Civil Code, regardless of the aggregate contract price.

   (c) If all of the requirements of subdivision (a) are met, only
those notices and other requirements set forth in this section are
applicable to the contract.
   (d) Every service and repair contract described in subdivision (a)
shall include, or otherwise comply with, all of the following:
   (1) The contract, any changes to the contract, and any attachments
shall be in writing and signed or acknowledged by the parties as set
forth in this section, and shall be written in the same language
(for example Spanish) as principally used in the oral sales
presentation.
   (2) The writing shall be legible.
   (3) Any printed form shall be readable. Unless a larger typeface
is specified in this article, the text shall be in at least 10-point
typeface and the headings shall be in at least 10-point boldface
type.
   (4) Before any work is started, the contractor shall give the
buyer a copy of the contract signed and dated by the buyer and by the
contractor or the contractor's representative.
   (5) The name, business address, and license number of the
contractor.
   (6) The date the contract was signed.
   (7) A notice concerning commercial general liability insurance.
This notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the statement, "A notice concerning commercial
general liability insurance is attached to this contract." The notice
shall include the heading "Commercial General Liability Insurance
(CGL)" followed by whichever of the following statements is both
relevant and correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') does not carry
commercial general liability insurance."
   (B) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') carries
commercial general liability insurance written by (the insurance
company). You may call the (insurance company) at ____ to check the
contractor's insurance coverage."
   (C) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') is
self-insured."
   (D) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') is a limited
liability company that carries liability insurance or maintains other
security as required by law. You may call (the insurance company or
trust company or bank) at ____ to check on the contractor's insurance
coverage or security."
   (8) A notice concerning workers' compensation insurance. This
notice may be provided as an attachment to the contract if the
contract includes the statement "A notice concerning workers'
compensation insurance is attached to this contract." The notice
shall include the heading "Workers' Compensation Insurance" followed
by whichever of the following statements is both relevant and
correct:
   (A) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') has no
employees and is exempt from workers' compensation requirements."
   (B) "(The name on the license or 'This contractor') carries
workers' compensation insurance for all employees."
   (e) Every service and repair contract described in subdivision (a)
shall provide the following information, notices, and disclosures in
the contract:
   (1) Notice of the type of contract in at least 10-point boldface
type: "Service and Repair."
   (2) A notice in at least 12-point boldface type, signed and dated
by the buyer: "Notice to the Buyer: The law requires that service and
repair contracts must meet all of the following requirements:
   (A) The price must be no more than seven hundred and fifty dollars
($750).
   (B) You, the buyer, must have initiated contact with the
contractor to request the work.
   (C) The contractor must not sell you goods or services beyond
those reasonably necessary to take care of the particular problem
that caused you to contact the contractor.
   (D) No payment is due and the contractor may not accept any
payment until the work is completed."
   (3) The notice in at least 12-point boldface type: "Notice to the
Buyer: You are entitled to a completely filled in and signed copy of
this agreement before any work may be started."
   (4) If applicable, the heading "List of Documents to be
Incorporated into the Contract," followed by the list of documents to
be incorporated into the contract.
   (5) Where the contract is a fixed contract amount, the heading:
"Contract Price" followed by the amount of the contract in dollars
and cents.
   (6) If a finance charge will be charged, the heading: "Finance
Charge" followed by the amount in dollars and cents. The finance
charge is to be set out separately from the contract amount.
   (7) Where the contract is estimated by a time and materials
formula, the heading "Estimated Contract Price" followed by the
estimated contract amount in dollars and cents. The contract must
disclose the set rate and the estimated cost of materials. The
contract must also disclose how time will be computed, for example,
in increments of quarter hours, half hours, or hours, and the
statement: "The actual contract amount of a time and materials
contract may not exceed the estimated contract amount without written
authorization from the buyer."
   (8) The heading: "Description of the Project and Materials to be
Used and Equipment to be Installed" followed by a description of the
project and materials to be used and equipment to be installed.
   (9) The statement: "The law requires that the contractor offer you
any parts that were replaced during the service call. If you do not
want the parts, initial the checkbox labeled 'OK for contractor to
take replaced parts.' "
   (10) A checkbox labeled "OK for contractor to take replaced parts."

   (11) If a service charge is charged, the heading "Amount of
Service Charge" followed by the service charge, and the statement
"You may be charged only one service charge, including any trip
charge or inspection fee."
   (12) (A) The contract, or an attachment to the contract as
specified under subparagraph (C) of this paragraph, must include, in
immediate proximity to the space reserved for the buyer's signature,
the following statement, in at least 12-point boldface type, which
shall be dated and signed by the buyer:
   "YOUR RIGHTS TO CANCEL BEFORE WORK BEGINS
   (A) You, the buyer, have the right to cancel this contract until:
   1. You receive a copy of this contract signed and dated by you and
the contractor; and
   2. The contractor starts work.
   (B) However, even if the work has begun you, the buyer, may still
cancel the contract for any of the reasons specified in items 1
through 4 of this paragraph. If any of these reasons occur, you may
cancel the contract within three business days of signing the
contract for normal service and repairs, or within seven business
days of signing a contract to repair or correct conditions resulting
from any sudden or catastrophic event for which a state of emergency
has been declared by the President of the United States or the
Governor, or for which a local emergency has been declared by the
executive officer or governing body of any city, county, or city and
county:
   1. You may cancel the contract if the price, including all labor
and materials, is more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750).
   2. You may cancel the contract if you did not initiate the contact
with the contractor to request the work.
   3. You may cancel the contract if the contractor sold you goods or
services beyond those reasonably necessary to take care of the
particular problem that caused you to contact the contractor.
   4. You may cancel the contract if the payment was due or the
contractor accepted any money before the work was complete.
   (C) If any of these reasons for canceling occurred, you may cancel
the contract as specified under paragraph (B) above by e-mailing,
mailing, faxing, or delivering a written notice to the contractor at
the contractor's place of business within three business days or, if
applicable, seven business days of the date you received a signed and
dated copy of this contract. Include your name, your address, and
the date you received a signed copy of the contract and this notice.
   If you cancel, the contractor must return to you anything you paid
within 10 days of receiving the notice of cancellation. For your
part, you must make available to the contractor at your residence, in
substantially as good condition as you received it, any goods
delivered to you under this contract. Or, you may, if you wish,
comply with the contractor's instructions on how to return the goods
at the contractor's expense and risk. If you make the goods available
to the contractor and the contractor does not pick them up within 20
days of the date of your notice of cancellation, you may keep them
without any further obligation. If you fail to make the goods
available to the contractor, or if you agree to return the goods to
the contractor and fail to do so, then you remain liable for
performance of all obligations under the contract."
   (B) This paragraph does not apply to home improvement contracts
entered into by a person who holds an alarm company operator's
license issued pursuant to Chapter 11.6 (commencing with Section
7590), provided the person complies with Sections 1689.5, 1689.6, and
1689.7 of the Civil Code, as applicable.
   (C) The notice required in this paragraph may be incorporated as
an attachment to the contract if the contract includes a checkbox and
whichever statement is relevant in at least 12-point boldface type:
   (i) "The law requires that the contractor give you a notice
explaining your right to cancel. Initial the checkbox if the
contractor has given you a 'Notice of Your Right to Cancel.' "
   (ii) "The law requires that the contractor give you a notice
explaining your right to cancel contracts for the repair or
restoration of residential premises damaged by a disaster. Initial
the checkbox if the contractor has given you a 'Notice of Your Right
to Cancel.' "
   (f) A bona fide service repairperson employed by a licensed
contractor or subcontractor hired by a licensed contractor may enter
into a service and repair contract on behalf of that contractor.
   (g) The provisions of this section are not exclusive and do not
relieve the contractor from compliance with any other applicable
provision of law.
   SEC. 40.   SEC. 41.   Section 17002 of
the Corporations Code is amended to read:
   17002.  (a) Subject to any limitations contained in the articles
of organization and to compliance with any other applicable laws, a
limited liability company may engage in any lawful business activity,
whether or not for profit, except the banking business, the business
of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks, or
the trust company business.
   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) and as specifically provided
in this subdivision, a limited liability company may operate as a
health care service plan licensed pursuant to Chapter 2.2 (commencing
with Section 1340) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code if
the limited liability company is a subsidiary of a health care
service plan licensed pursuant to those provisions and the limited
liability company is established to serve an existing line of
business of the parent health care service plan. Notwithstanding any
other provision of law, the tort or contract liability of a limited
liability company created to operate as a health care service plan
under this subdivision and its members is not limited or restricted
in any manner because of the limited liability company status of the
health care service plan.
   (c) Notwithstanding Section 17375, a limited liability company may
render services that may be lawfully rendered only pursuant to a
license, certificate, or registration authorized by the Business and
Professions Code if the applicable provisions of the Business and
Professions Code authorize a limited liability company to hold that
license, certificate, or registration.
   SEC. 41.   SEC. 42.   No reimbursement
is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of
the California Constitution because the only costs that may be
incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred
because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a
crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or
infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government
Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution. 
  SEC. 42.    This act shall not become operative
until January 1 of the year following the effective date of the
Budget Bill in which the Contractors' State License Board receives an
appropriation for sufficient resources to implement this act and the
Contractors' State License Board notifies the Secretary of State and
the Legislative Counsel that there is such an appropriation.

   SEC. 43.    The Contractors' State License Board
shall begin issuing licenses to limited liability companies, pursuant
to Section 7065 of the Business and Professions Code, as amended by
this act, no later than July 1, 2011.