CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill moving through the state legislature would require those working on heating and cooling systems in West Virginia to have a state license.

The bill, which passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, is, according to its wording, “intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as public and private property.”

(Read bill here)

Committee members gave several personal examples of work done on their heating and cooling systems that wasn’t up to par. Vice-Chairman Mark Hunt said someone tried to sell his mother a new furnace when all that was needed was an inexpensive switch. Hunt said he doesn’t believe the young worker was trying to pull one over on his mother, he just thinks he didn’t know what the real problem was.

“This bill provides that the people going out have a minimal level of training,” Hunt said.

Del. Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, said she’s lived in two homes over the years that were not properly ventilated. She said requiring a license would be a large help in a college town like Morgantown.

“There are children who are living in substandard rental units, people are making a whole lot of money off them in college towns and for those of us who have kids and those of us who don’t want brain damage, we really want to make sure the people performing this work have a decent amount of training,” Fleischauer said.

The bill would require heating and cooling system workers to have a state license on or after Jan. 1, 2016. They would have to carry the license on the job with them. Residents working on their own furnaces or air conditioners wouldn’t need a license. Also no license would be required to work on the system of a family member.

The bill includes fines for those who violate the article.

The measure now goes to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

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Comments

  • TJ

    This should all be under contractors licenses. This is another way to put small businesses down and keep businesses out of the state....you will always have some trying to avoid stuff no matter what type of business you are in. Just tougher on the working poor...

  • TB

    Mrs. Fleishauer worried about the safety of human beings? Hmmmm...

  • Joe

    I am guessing these two delegates are pushing this based on some issue with their own home renovations, not for "what is best for the people".

  • Robert

    A license is only proof that someone can pass a test, it doesn't mean they're going to be honest or do quality work. Permitting and inspections is the only real route for that.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Good help is gettin' harder to find.

    Sure would hate to be the one clearing his drain.

  • Billy

    There are too many laws now. There is almost nothing you can do now that there is so law regulating it, or taxing it. What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave? We are indoctrinated from preschool and regulated to the grave.

  • ViennaGuy

    The holding of a state license doesn't prevent substandard work from being done.

  • Shadow

    Can someone tell me how having a State License helps a person's intelligence? Maybe we need a great ACT Score to run for State Office! I really like that idea.

  • Maxeer

    You're kidding right?...give millions of $$ to bums that claim they're disabled or some ungodly substance abuse and you want to stick it in men and women that ARE following the rules?...well guess why so many people want to leave WV...duh...how about making all the politicians to pass a mental health exam...geez louise....pitiful...plain pitiful...

  • hilljack

    How about licenses for parenting. Nearly all trades including car sales need a license, but any welfare recipeint can keep having babies without any license or counseling or training.

  • john

    Where in the world do they come up with some of these BS laws that they try to pass. Its already a state law that requires any contractor to be licensed by the state. They better be worrying about all these budget cuts that are going to effect each and every one of us in one way or another. Maybe they should be working on legalizing pot, as I think sometimes they are sampling the product before hand!!

  • Michael

    Thank you! A nice fellow that didn't know what he was doing almost killed a family in my area due to carbon monoxide problems after he "fixed" their heater.

  • What happened to WV?

    This would be great--this explains why it took 7, yes 7 visits from 3 different HVAC comapnies to fix our unit.

  • SMOKEHOLE

    With all of the regulations and laws already on the books why do bad things happen?

    This is just another grab for money and likely being pushed by certain service vendors trying to eliminate competition who contribute to these politicians campaigns.

    This law will not alleviate any of the issues just raised by these politicians.

    A licensed technician can still overcharge and lie to the customer , only now they have the state backing up their fraud with a piece of paper.

  • Kelly

    Elongating=eliminating