SB 822, as introduced, Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. Professions and vocations.
(1) Existing law, the Contractors’ State License Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of contractors in this state. Under existing law, a contractor’s license that has expired may be renewed at any time within 5 years after its expiration by filing an application for renewal on a form prescribed by the registrar of contractors, and payment of the appropriate renewal fee. If the license is renewed after the expiration date, existing law requires the licensee to also pay a delinquency fee.
This bill would provide an exception to the requirement to pay the delinquency fee where an incomplete renewal application, that had originally been submitted on or before the license expiration date, was returned to the licensee by the registrar with an explanation of the reasons for its rejection and a corrected and acceptable renewal application is returned by the licensee within 30 days after the license expiration date. The bill would also require that the license reflect an expired status for any period between the expiration date and the date of submission of a correct and acceptable renewal application.
(2) Existing law, until January 1, 2014, provides that there is in the Department of Consumer Affairs a State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind that has exclusive authority to issue licenses for the instruction of blind persons in the use of guide dogs, for the training of guide dogs for use by blind persons, to operate schools for the training of guide dogs for the blind, and for the instruction of blind persons in the use of guide dogs. Existing law requires the board to hold regular meetings at least once a year at which an examination of applicants for certificates of registration is to be given.
This bill would delete that requirement.
(3) Existing law, the Geologist and Geophysicist Act, provides for the registration, regulation, and discipline of professional geologists and geophysicists by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. A violation of the act is a misdemeanor. Existing law creates the Geology and Geophysics Account of the Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Fund, which is a continuously appropriated fund, into which fees prescribed by the act are deposited.
This bill would create a new category of registration, to be known as a “retired registration,” for a geologist or geophysicist who meets specified qualifications and would prescribe fees necessary to obtain a retired registration, as well as restrictions on holders of the registration. The bill would also specify the title that the holder of a retired registration is authorized to use. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Because the bill would increase moneys deposited into a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation.
(4) 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 7114 of the Business and Professions
2Code is amended to read:
(a) Aiding or abetting an unlicensed person to evade
4the provisions of this chapter or combining or conspiring with an
5unlicensed person, or allowing one’s license to be used by an
P3 1unlicensed person, or acting as agent or partner or associate, or
2otherwise, of an unlicensed person with the intent to evade the
3provisions of this chapter constitutes a cause for disciplinary action.
4(b) A licensee who is found by the registrar to have violated
5subdivision (a) shall, in accordance with the provisions of this
6article, be subject to the registrar’s authority
begin delete pursuant to Section to order payment of a specified sum to an injured party,
8including, but not limited to, payment for any injury resulting from
9the acts of the unlicensed person.
Section 7141 of the Business and Professions Code is
11amended to read:
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a
13license that has expired may be renewed at any time within five
14years after its expiration by filing an application for renewal on a
15form prescribed by the registrar
begin delete,end delete and payment of the appropriate
16renewal fee. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the
17date an acceptable renewal application is filed with the board. The
18licensee shall be considered unlicensed and there will be a break
19in the licensing time between the expiration date and the date the
20renewal becomes effective.
begin delete Ifend delete the license is renewed after the expiration date, the licensee
22shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed by this chapter.
begin delete Ifend delete
32so renewed, the license shall continue in effect through
33the date provided in Section 7140 that next occurs after the
34effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire if it is not again
37a license is not renewed within five years, the licensee
38shall make an application for a license pursuant to Section 7066.
Section 7206 of the Business and Professions Code is
40amended to read:
begin deleteThe board shall hold regular meetings at least once a Special meetings shall be held upon
2year at which an examination of applicants for certificates of
3registration shall be given. end delete
4request of a majority of the members of the board or upon the call
5of the president.
Section 7210 of the Business and Professions Code is
7amended to read:
It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale,
9give, hire or furnish under any other arrangement, any guide dog
begin delete or seeing-eye dogend delete or to engage in the business or occupation of
begin delete anyend delete such dog unless he holds a valid and
12unimpaired license issued pursuant to
begin delete the provisions ofend delete this
Section 7851 is added to the Business and Professions
14Code, to read:
(a) The board shall issue, upon application and payment
16of the fee established by Section 7887, a retired registration to a
17geologist or geophysicist who has been registered by the board for
18a minimum of five years within California and a minimum of 20
19years within the United States or its territories, and who holds a
20registration that is not suspended, revoked, or otherwise disciplined,
21or subject to pending discipline under this chapter.
22(b) The holder of a retired registration issued pursuant to this
23section shall not engage in any activity for which an active
24geologist’s or geophysicist’s registration is required. A geologist
25or geophysicist holding a retired registration may use the titles
26“retired professional geologist” or “professional geologist, retired,”
27or “retired professional geophysicist” or “professional geophysicist,
29(c) The holder of a retired registration shall not be required to
30renew that registration.
31(d) In order for the holder of a retired registration, issued
32pursuant to this section, to restore his or her registration to active
33status, he or she shall pass the examination required for initial
34registration with the board.
Section 7887 of the Business and Professions Code is
36amended to read:
The amount of the fees prescribed by this chapter shall
38be fixed by the board in accordance with the following schedule:
39(a) The fee for filing each application for registration as a
40geologist or a geophysicist or certification as a specialty geologist
P5 1or a specialty geophysicist and for administration of the
2examination at not more than two hundred and fifty
4(b) The registration fee for a geologist or for a geophysicist and
5the fee for the certification in a specialty shall be fixed at an amount
6equal to the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date
7before the date on which the certificate is issued, except that, with
8respect to certificates that will expire less than one year after
9issuance, the fee shall be fixed at an amount equal to 50 percent
10of the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date before
11the date on which the certificate is issued. The board may, by
12appropriate regulation, provide for the waiver or refund of the
13initial certificate fee where the certificate is issued less than 45
14days before the date on which it will expire.
15(c) The duplicate certificate fee at not more than
16six dollars ($6).
17(d) The temporary registration fee for a geologist or for a
18geophysicist at not more than eighty dollars ($80).
19(e) The renewal fee for a geologist or for a geophysicist shall
begin delete by the boardend delete at not more than four hundred dollars ($400).
21(f) The renewal fee for a specialty geologist or for a specialty
22geophysicist at not more than one hundred dollars
24(g) Notwithstanding Section 163.5, the delinquency fee for a
25certificate is an amount equal to 50 percent of the renewal fee in
26effect on the last regular renewal date.
27(h) Each applicant for registration as a geologist shall pay an
28examination fee fixed
begin delete by the boardend delete
at an amount equal to the actual
29cost to the board to administer the examination described in
30subdivision (d) of Section 7841.
31(i) Each applicant for registration as a geophysicist or
32certification as an engineering geologist or certification as a
33hydrogeologist shall pay an examination fee fixed by the board at
34an amount equal to the actual cost to the board for the development
35and maintenance of the written examination, and shall not exceed
36one hundred dollars ($100).
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
2Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
3the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
4district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
5infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
6for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
7the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
8the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California