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          AB 1685 (Williams)
          As Amended  April 21, 2014
          Majority vote 

           BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS    14-0  APPROPRIATIONS      16-0        
          |Ayes:|Bonilla, Jones,           |Ayes:|Gatto, Bigelow,           |
          |     |Bocanegra, Campos,        |     |Bocanegra, Bradford, Ian  |
          |     |Dickinson, Eggman,        |     |Calderon, Campos, Eggman, |
          |     |Gordon, Hagman, Holden,   |     |Gomez, Holden, Jones,     |
          |     |Maienschein, Mullin,      |     |Linder, Pan, Quirk,       |
          |     |Skinner, Ting, Wilk       |     |Ridley-Thomas, Wagner,    |
          |     |                          |     |Weber                     |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Increases the statutory maximum for licensure  
          examination fees charged by the Structural Pest Control Board  
          (Board).  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Authorizes a registered structural pest control company to  
            provide by electronic mail, if an electronic mailing address  
            has been provided, a written notice to the owner or owner's  
            agent, and the tenant of the premises where pest control work  
            is to be done.

          2)Removes the $15 cap on the applicator's examination fee, and  
            instead authorizes the Board to charge a fee in an amount  
            sufficient to cover the reasonable regulatory cost of  
            administering the examination, as specified.

          3)Increases the maximum licensure examination fees as follows: 

             a)   Operator examination fees from $25 to $100; 

             b)   Field Representative examination fees from $15 to $75;  

             c)   Applicator examination fees from $15 to $60.

          4)Removes the $50 cap on examination fees in cases where the  
            exam is taken during the course of license renewal, and  


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            instead authorizes the Board to charge an examination fee  
            amount sufficient to cover the reasonable regulatory cost of  
            administering each exam.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, minor special fund revenue increase to the Board.

           COMMENTS  :   

          1)AB 1685 would increase the statutory maximums on certain  
            examination fees charged by the Board to support the  
            transition to computer based testing (CBT).  CBT is  
            anticipated to significantly reduce the risks of cheating and  
            simplify test validation, scheduling, and monitoring for Board  
            staff and examinees.  This bill is sponsored by the Pest  
            Control Operators of California.

          2)According to the author's office, "There are currently 17 CBT  
            sites proposed in the State of California and 22 sites in  
            other states. The Board currently only has two examination  
            sites.  As such, CBT is an obvious improvement in testing  
            availability and efficacy, particularly for out-of-state  
            candidates who will save on costs associated with airfare and  
            other travel to California to take an examination.  This bill  
            increases the existing examination fees for each license type  
            which are currently capped at $25 and haven't been increased  
            in more than 50 years."

          3)The proposed fee cap increases are intended to allow the Board  
            to raise the money necessary to modernize testing  
            methodologies from its current written examination and more  
            efficiently offer the tests required to become a licensed  
            operator in California.  If this bill were enacted, the Board  
            would finalize a cost analysis and then promulgate regulations  
            to support the Board's fully loaded costs to administer the  
            examination program.  The Board has already started a CBT  
            pilot program with two testing sites and is currently  
            absorbing the additional CBT examination cost.

          According to the Board, the current cost to administer each  
            examination is $37.50 under a Department of Consumer Affairs  
            contract with an outside CBT vendor.  The Board anticipates  
            increasing the examination fees by roughly $40 per licensure  
            category to cover the actual costs of administering the  


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            examination.  The Board anticipates this moderate increase in  
            fees will have a minimal impact on licensees.  The proposed  
            examination fee increases by the Board would raise the  
            operator examination fee cap from $25 to $65; the field  
            representative examination fee from $15 to $50; and the  
            applicator examination fee from $15 to $55.

          This bill would also remove the $50 cap on examination fees in  
            cases where a renewing licensee opts to retake the examination  
            in order to demonstrate his or her knowledge of developments  
            in the field of pest control in lieu of submitting proof of  
            completion of required continuing education. 

          4)AB 1685 would also change the way in which notice is delivered  
            for pest control work by including electronic mail as an  
            additional method of delivery, if an electronic mail address  
            was provided.  Currently, notice may be mailed, posted or  
            personally delivered.  

          To ensure that the "conspicuous" requirement of notice is  
            satisfied, notice by default will be delivered for pest  
            control work by first class mail, and sent as electronic mail  
            only at the customer's request.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Eunie Linden / B., P. & C.P. / (916)  

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