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The Northeast Pool & Spa Association is your voice on legislation and regulations impacting our industry. NESPA GRAC monitors legislative action across the region and represents the pool and spa industry when these important actions are being debated.

NESPA GRAC often works with dedicated member volunteers and lobbyists on behalf of our members  to oppose onerous over-regulation. We have important relationships with Federal, State and local officials and are in regular contact to share our industry’s perspective on legislation. 

The Government Relations Action Committee consists of representatives from each of our four chapters.  If you have questions about legislation and government regulations contact
NESPA at 609-689-9111.


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LAST MONTH’S REPORT

 

CONNECTICUT  Governor Dan Malloy (D) Building Codes Executive Order    -  BUILDING CODES 

Summary: Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D) has issued an executive order calling for the strengthening of the state building codes for commercial and residential buildings. The order directs state agencies to develop new standards that will protect structures from damage caused by flooding and high winds. The governor is instructing the Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Insurance Department to work with the State Building Inspector to include those standards for new and renovated structures in the next revision to the building code.

file:­///C:­/User­s/bl/­Downl­oads/­EO_53­_Resi­lienc­y%20(­1).pd­f­

 


CONNECTICUT  H.B.  5177  -  BUILDING CODES 

Sponsor: Representative Christopher Rosario (D)

Summary: This measure amends section 29-252 of the general statutes to require that the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee revise the State Building Code to incorporate the International Property Maintenance Code, as adopted by the International Code Council. 

https­://ww­w.cga­.ct.g­ov/20­17/TO­B/h/p­df/20­17HB-­05177­-R00-­HB.pd­f­

Status: Introduced 1/3/2017. Referred to Public Safety and Security Committee 1/4/2017. Hearing held 1/17/2017. Hearing held 2/16/2017.

Outlook:  This measure was heard February 16. During the hearing no action was taken. The Connecticut Property Owners Alliance testified in support of the measure. The Connecticut Building Officials Administration and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities testified in opposition of the measure. This measure awaits further consideration by the committee of referral. A vote on this measure is not likely until this measure has been scheduled for an executive session.

This measure is a proposed bill for the 2017 Legislative Session. Proposed bills are not written in full statutory language, and may only be introduced formally by committees. Committees are not obligated to formally introduce any proposed bill, but often do. Proposed bills may be jointly sponsored by Senators and Representatives. Any member may co-sponsor a proposed bill. 

 


NEW JERSEY  A.B.  215  -  Consumer Protection/Consumer Product Safety 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Wayne DeAngelo (D)

Summary: 
Invalidates any consumer contract, including any arbitration agreement, that contains language requiring a consumer to waive the right to contact a law enforcement agency, State, county or municipal department or agency, or any other entity for the purposes of reporting a consumer complaint. Invalidates any contract containing language that requires the consumer to waive substantive rights provided by the consumer fraud act, the used car lemon law and other consumer protection laws. 

http://ww
w.njl­eg.st­ate.n­j.us/­2016/­Bills­/A050­0/215­_I1.P­DF­

Status: Filed 1/12/2016. Introduced; referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee 1/27/2016.

Outlook:  The measure was referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee where it awaits further consideration. The sponsor does not serve on the committee of referral.

This measure is a refile of A.B. 2691 from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, which failed to advance beyond its initial committee of referral.

A companion measure has not yet been introduced in the Senate.

 

NEW JERSEY  A.B.  224  -  LICENSING FOR POOL/SPA (HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS) 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Wayne DeAngelo (D)

Summary: Introduced version: Establishes licensing of pool and spa service contractors, and pool and spa builders and installers. 

Establishes a Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee in the Department of Law and Public Safety, under the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.

Substituted version (6/2/2016): Text is not yet available

Introduced version: 
http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­A0500­/224_­I1.PD­F­

Status: Introduced 1/12/2016. Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee 1/27/2016.  Hearing held; substituted; passed Committee 6/2/2016. Passed Assembly 10/20/2016. Referred to Senate Commerce Committee 11/3/2016.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, where Senator Nellie Pou (D) serves as Chair. 

This measure passed the Assembly by a vote of 53-13. 

This measure was substituted for a new draft, the substitute establishes a Pool and Spa Service Contractors and Pool and Spa Builders and Installers Advisory Committee in the Department of Law and Public Safety, under the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.

NEW JERSEY  A.B.  759  -  Consumer Protection/Consumer Product Safety 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Paul Moriarty (D)

Summary: 
Stipulates no consumer contract may contain a provision requiring a consumer to give up rights protected by the consumer fraud act or any other with State or Federal consumer protection law. 

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­A1000­/759_­I1.PD­F­

Status: Filed 1/12/2016. Introduced; referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee 1/27/2016.

Outlook:  The measure was referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee where it awaits further consideration. The sponsor serves as chair of the committee of referral.

This measure is a refile of A.B. 4097 from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session. Both A.B. 4097 and its companion, S.B. 2903, failed to receive consideration from their full chamber.

Companion legislation has not yet been filed in the Senate to accompany this measure.

 

NEW JERSEY  A.B.  2796  -  Special Request 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jay Webber (R)

Summary: 
Changes current law to allow discretion in the awarding of damages by the courts in cases concerning violations under the consumer fraud act. Mandates that these damages do not exceed three times the actual damages suffered by the consumer.

States that technical violations of the consumer fraud act do not allow for the awarding of attorney's fees and filing costs.

Requires the consumer to have been aware of, relied on, used or employed the unlawful act or practice in order to succeed in their consumer fraud action.

Requires the consumer to serve a written demand on the seller before filing a suit.

Specifies that the consumer fraud act only applies to New Jersey residents or transactions that take place within the State.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­A3000­/2796­_I1.P­DF­

Status: Filed 2/4/2016. Introduced; referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee 2/8/2016.

Outlook:  The measure was referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee where it awaits further consideration. The sponsor does not serve on the committee of referral.

This measure is a refile of A.B. 2293 from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, which failed to advance beyond its committee of referral.

Companion legislation, S.B. 1669, has been filed in the Senate to accompany this measure.

Companion Bill: 2016 S.B. 1669

NEW JERSEY  A.B.  4273  -  Special Request 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Louis Greenwald (D)

Summary: This measure directs a regulatory officer to provide active supervision of a professional or occupational licensing board located within the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety or within any other principal department of the Executive Branch of State government if the membership of the board is comprised of a majority of active market participants, or if the board’s membership would be comprised of a majority of active market participants but for a vacancy or vacancies in membership.  The bill requires the regulatory officer to review any regulation, action, or decision made by a board that is under the regulatory officer’s purview, and authorizes the regulatory officer to amend, repeal, or set aside any regulation, action, or decision made by that board that is determined to have the potential to displace competition and that is inconsistent with and does not further or promote clearly articulated affirmatively expressed State policy or the inherent, logical, or ordinary result of that policy.

The measure is intended to provide antitrust immunity to professional and occupational licensing boards consistent with federal law, specifically the decision of the United States Supreme Court in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission.  In that decision the Court held that if a controlling number of a board’s members are active market participants in the profession or occupation the board regulates, then the board may invoke state-action antitrust immunity only if it is subject to active supervision by the state.  The provisions of this bill direct the appropriate regulatory officer to provide active supervision of any professional or occupational licensing board that is subject to the provisions of the bill.

The measure defines “active market participant” as a board member who is licensed or certified by that board, or who owns or shares ownership in a business or professional practice that provides any service that is subject to the regulatory authority of that board. 

The bill measure “board” as a board, committee, commission, or any other entity created by law to license or otherwise regulate a profession or occupation in this State. 

The measure also defines “regulatory officer” as the Attorney General or the Attorney General’s designee, in the case of boards located within the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety, or the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee, in the case of boards located within another principal department of the Executive Branch of State government.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­A4500­/4273­_I1.P­DF­

Status: Introduced; referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee 10/20/2016. Hearing held; passed Committee 12/5/2016. Amended 2/15/2017.

Outlook:   This measure was amended on the Assembly floor on February 15.  Neither the amendment nor the revised text have been made available.  You will receive proper notification when the text becomes available.


NEW JERSEY  S.B.  755  -  Consumer Protection/Consumer Product Safety 

Sponsor: Senator James Beach (D)

Summary: 
Stipulates no consumer contract can contain a provision requiring a consumer to give up rights protected by the consumer fraud act or any other State or Federal consumer protection law. 

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­S1000­/755_­I1.PD­F­

Status: Introduced; referred to Senate Commerce Committee 1/12/2016.

Outlook:  This measure is a refile of S.B. 2903 from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, which failed to advance beyond its committee of referral.

Companion legislation has not yet been filed in the Assembly to accompany this measure.

NEW JERSEY  S.B.  1669  -  Special Request 

Sponsor: Senator Steven Oroho (R)

Summary: 
Changes current law to allow discretion in the awarding of damages by the courts in cases concerning violations under the consumer fraud act. Mandates that these damages do not exceed three times the actual damages suffered by the consumer.

States that technical violations of the consumer fraud act do not allow for the awarding of attorney's fees and filing costs.

Requires the consumer to have been aware of, relied on, used or employed the unlawful act or practice in order to succeed in their consumer fraud action.

Requires the consumer to serve a written demand on the seller before filing a suit.

Specifies that the consumer fraud act only applies to New Jersey residents or transactions that take place within the State.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­S2000­/1669­_I1.P­DF­

Status: Introduced; referred to Senate Commerce Committee 2/16/2016.

Outlook:  This measure is a refile of S.B. 2293 from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, which failed to advance beyond its committee of referral.

Companion legislation, A.B. 2796, has been filed in the Assembly to accompany this measure.

The sponsor is a member of the minority party, has garnered the support of one cosponsor and does not serve on the committee of referral. In New Jersey, the Democratic Party controls both chambers of the Legislature and the Republican Party controls the Governor's Office.

Companion Bill: 2016 A.B. 2796

 


NEW JERSEY 
 S.B.  1705  -  POOL/SPA ALARMS,  POOL/SPA FENCING 

Sponsor: Senator Anthony Bucco (R)

Summary
: Establishes "William's Law," pertaining to pool safety. 

Bill text not yet available.

Status: Introduced 2/16/2016.

Outlook:  This measure is a refile, S.B. 1073, from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session. The measure failed to receive committee consideration.

Companion legislation has not yet been introduced.

 

NEW JERSEY  S.B.  1922  -  LICENSING FOR POOL/SPA (HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS) 

Sponsor: Senator James Beach (D)

Summary: Provides for licensing of pool and spa service contractors, and pool and spa builders and installers. 

States that to be eligible for licensure as a pool and spa service contractor, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age and be of good moral character.

States that in addition, the applicant must meet qualifications established by the board, in consultation with the committee, regarding experience, continuing education, financial responsibility and integrity, and establish his qualifications to perform and supervise various phases of pool and spa service contracting as evidenced by successful completion of, and having earned, one of the following:

(a) An Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) certification as a Certified Service Professional (CSP);
(b) An APSP certification as a Certified Service Technician (CST);
(c) An APSP certification as a Certified Building Professional (CBP);
(d) For those persons who only service and maintain portable spas, an APSP certification as a Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT);
(e) Any other certification acceptable to the board in consultation with the committee.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­016/B­ills/­S2000­/1922­_I1.P­DF­

Status: Introduced 3/7/2016. Referred to Senate Commerce Committee 3/11/2016.

Outlook:  This measure was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee. The sponsor sits on the committee of referral.

This measure is a refile, S.B. 3227, from the 2014-2015 Legislative Session. The measure failed to receive committee consideration.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the Legislature while the Republican Party controls the Governor’s office.
 
A companion measure has not yet been introduced. However, a similar piece of legislation has been introduced in the Assembly, A.B. 224.

Effective Date: 180 days after enactment

 

 

 NEW YORK  A.B.  593  -  BUILDING CODES 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Michael Miller (D)

Summary: This measure prohibits code enforcement officers from utilizing any device or technology which would allow the user to conduct a live feed of data or images to a remote viewer.

http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/27­8838_­Read ­Bill ­- AB ­593 -­ As F­iled.­pdf­

Status: Introduced; referred to Assembly Cities Committee 1/9/2017.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the Assembly Cities Committee, where Assemblymember Michael Benedetto (D) serves as Chair. The sponsor does not serve on the committee of referral.

According to the sponsor: This bill addresses the practice of using technological devices during an inspection that would allow a third party to observe and interfere with an inspection that is currently in progress. With the advancement of technology, items such as Google Glass, which can connect a Bluetooth and transmit a live feed are becoming readily available for use by inspectors or officers while conducting an inspection. This presents an issue for business owner who already feel as if they are being slapped with hefty fines by inspectors. To allow an inspector to transmit a live feed would only further alienate business owners and this bill is intended to prohibit that practice.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. This measure has not garnered the support of cosponsors.  

NEW YORK  A.B.  1152  -  Consumer Protection/Consumer Product Safety 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz (D)

Summary: The measure increases the monetary exclusion on the requirement for plain language in consumer contracts to $250,000.

http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/-1­_NY A­B 115­2.doc­

Status: Introduced; referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee 1/10/2017.

Outlook:  The measure awaits further consideration in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Helene Weinstein (D).

The measure is a refile of A.B. 1152 from the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, which passed the Assembly by a unanimous vote, but failed to receive further consideration in the Senate.

NEW YORK  A.B.  2708  -  TAX (ENVIRONMENTAL INCENTIVES) 

Sponsor: Assemblymember Barbara Lifton (D)

Summary: This measure creates a tax credit for energy efficiency home improvements.

This measure provides an income tax credit of up to 25% of the cost of any items that improve the energy efficiency of a home, up to a maximum of $2,500. Furthermore, this measure also directs NYSERDA to adopt rules and regulations setting forth home improvements which qualify for the tax credit and have them provide such list on their website.

http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/-1­_Read­ Bill­ - AB­ 2708­ - As­ File­d.pdf­

Status: Introduced; referred to Assembly Ways and Means Committee 1/23/2017.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.

According to the sponsor: Many energy efficient products can raise the value of a home. Increased assessments as a result of increases home values could be a deterrent to a homeowner to replacing inefficient materials with energy efficient ones. This legislation will help to offset the cost of any items that improve the energy efficiency of a home (i.e. new windows, insulation).

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. 


NEW YORK  S.B.  876  -  TAX (ENVIRONMENTAL INCENTIVES) 

Sponsor: Senator Robert Ortt (R)

Summary: This measure establishes an exemption for the sale and installation of residential and commercial geothermal heat pump systems. 

This measure defines "residential geothermal heat pump system equipment" as an arrangement or combination of components installed in and around a residential building that uses the ground or ground water as a thermal energy sources or as a thermal energy sink designed to provide and distribute heating and/or cooling and/ or hot water, also commonly referred to as ground source heat pump systems.  

This measure states that where a county containing one or more cities with a population of less than one million has elected the exemption for commercial geothermal heat pump systems equipment and installation, a city within such county shall have the prior right to impose tax on such exempt equipment and/or installation to the extent of one half of the maximum rates. States that where a city of less than one million has elected the exemption for commercial geothermal heat pump systems equipment and installation, the county in which such city is located shall have the prior right to impose tax on such exempt equipment and/or installation to the extent of one half of the maximum rates.
 
http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/-1­_Read­ Bill­ - SB­ 876 ­- As ­Filed­.pdf­

Status: Introduced; referred to Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee 1/5/2017.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, chaired by Senator Joseph Robach (R). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral.

**PENNSYLVANIA  H.B.  595  -  Energy Efficiency Standards 

Sponsor: Representative Tim Briggs (D)

Summary: Requires the adoption energy-efficient appliances and equipment ratings beyond Energy Star requirements. Encourages the state and its municipalities to adopt Energy Star equipment in state-owned or state-funded buildings by 2015.

http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.pa­.us/C­FDOCS­/Legi­s/PN/­Publi­c/btC­heck.­cfm?t­xtTyp­e=PDF­&­sessY­r=201­5&­;sess­Ind=0­&­billB­ody=H­&­billT­yp=B&­amp;b­illNb­r=059­5&­;pn=0­675­
 

Status: Introduced; referred to House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee 2/24/2015.

Outlook:  According to the sponsor, this measure will be similar to H.B. 1324, which he filed during the 2013-2014 legislative session. H.B. 1324 was referred to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee where it failed upon adjournment.

This was originally introduced as a co-sponsorship memorandum. The sponsor is a member of the minority party. The Republican Party controls both legislative chambers while the Democratic Party controls the Governor's Office.

PENNSYLVANIA  H.B.  903  -  BUILDING CODES 

Sponsor: Representative Mauree Gingrich (R)

Summary: Current version (6/16/2015): Establishes the powers and authority of the Board of Commissioners to use the Uniform Construction Code to enact and enforce codes and ordinances to govern and regulate the construction, alteration, repair, occupation, maintenance, sanitation, lighting, ventilation, water supply, toilet facilities, drainage, use and inspection of all buildings and housing constructed, erected, altered, designed or used for any use or occupancy and the sanitation and inspection of land.

Current version (6/16/2015): 
http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.pa­.us/C­FDOCS­/Legi­s/PN/­Publi­c/btC­heck.­cfm?t­xtTyp­e=PDF­&­sessY­r=201­5&­;sess­Ind=0­&­billB­ody=H­&­billT­yp=B&­amp;b­illNb­r=090­3&­;pn=1­830­

Introduced version: 
http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.pa­.us/C­FDOCS­/Legi­s/PN/­Publi­c/btC­heck.­cfm?t­xtTyp­e=PDF­&­sessY­r=201­5&­;sess­Ind=0­&­billB­ody=H­&­billT­yp=B&­amp;b­illNb­r=090­3&­;pn=1­123­

Status: Introduced; referred to House Local Government Committee 4/8/2015. Hearing held; passed Committee 6/2/2015. Referred to House Rules Committee 6/3/2015. Hearing held; amended; passed Committee; referred to House Appropriations Committee 6/16/2015. Hearing held; passed Committee; passed House 6/17/2015. Referred to Senate Local Government Committee 6/19/2015.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the Senate Local Government Committee, where Senator Scott Hutchinson (R) serves as Chair.

The House passed this measure June 17 by a vote of 189-0.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. This measure has garnered the support of co-sponsors. The Republican Party controls both legislative chambers and the Democratic Party controls the Governor's Office.

Effective Date: 60 days after passage

PENNSYLVANIA  H.B.  1957  -  BUILDING CODES 

Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey Pyle (R)

Summary: This measure amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to create an referendum process that citizens could utilize to abrogate municipal arrangements which consist of a single third-party agency enforcing the Uniform Construction Code.
 

http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.pa­.us/C­FDOCS­/Legi­s/PN/­Publi­c/btC­heck.­cfm?t­xtTyp­e=PDF­&­sessY­r=201­5&­;sess­Ind=0­&­billB­ody=H­&­billT­yp=B&­amp;b­illNb­r=195­7&­;pn=3­134­



Status: Introduced; referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee 4/8/2016.

Outlook:  The measure has been referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by Representative Mauree Gingrich (R). 

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. The Republican Party controls both legislative chambers and the Democratic Party controls the Governor’s Office.

Effective Date: 60 days after passage

PENNSYLVANIA  S.B.  792  -  BUILDING CODES 

Sponsor: Senator Scott Hutchinson (R)

Summary: This measure establishes that township commissioners may propose and enact an ordinance to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Uniform Construction Code. Requires ordinances that exceed the Code to meet the standards provided for in the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act.

It states that a building, housing or property, or part of a building, housing or property erected, altered, extended, reconstructed, removed or maintained, contrary to the provisions of an ordinance passed for a purpose specified in this article may be declared, by a court of law, a public nuisance.

Furthermore, it establishes that township commissioners may propose and enact property maintenance ordinances. States that township commissioners may appoint property maintenance inspectors, who shall have the right to enter upon and inspect any premises.

Finally, this measure establishes that when the Uniform Construction Code or a replacement code is no longer applicable, a township commissioner may enact and enforce ordinances to govern and regulate the construction, reconstruction, alteration, extension, repair, conversion, maintenance, occupation, sanitation, ventilation, heating, egress, lighting, electrical wiring, water supply, toilet facilities, drainage, plumbing, fire prevention, fireproofing, including prescribing limitations wherein only buildings of noncombustible material and fireproofed roofs are used in construction, erection or substantial reconstruction, use and inspection of all buildings and housing or parts of buildings and housing and the roofs, walls and foundations of buildings and housing, and all facilities and services in or about the buildings or housing constructed, erected, altered, designed or used, in whole or in part, for use or occupancy and the sanitation and inspection of land appurtenant to the buildings or housing. It states the codes may be combined or separately enacted or combined with the Property Maintenance Code.

http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.pa­.us/C­FDOCS­/Legi­s/PN/­Publi­c/btC­heck.­cfm?t­xtTyp­e=PDF­&­sessY­r=201­5&­;sess­Ind=0­&­billB­ody=S­&­billT­yp=B&­amp;b­illNb­r=079­2&­;pn=0­953­

Status: Introduced; referred to Senate Local Government Committee 5/20/2015. Hearing held; passed Committee 6/10/2015. Passed Senate 6/25/2015. Referred to House Local Government Committee 6/26/2015.

Outlook:  This measure has been referred to the House Local Government Committee where Representative Kate Harper (R) serves as Chair.

The Senate passed this measure June 25 by a vote of 49-0.

The sponsor is a member of the majority party. This measure has garnered the support of co-sponsors. The Republican Party controls both legislative chambers and the Democratic Party controls the Governor's Office.

Effective Date: 60 days after passage

 

REGULATIONS

CONNECTICUT

**CT Department of Consumer Protection adopted rule: Swimming Pool Assembler's License Application 


SubIssue : Pools & Spas

First Reported: 05/19/2016
Date Updated: 12/28/2016
Contact: Tanya Washington 860-713-6086
Citation: PR2016-014, 20-340e-1
Upcoming Action: Nothing Scheduled
Status: Internal Review
Regulation ID: CT31592

Service Type: Regulatory Alert


Rule Summary: 

The Department adopted a new rule governing the threshold criteria for those swimming pool assemblers seeking to obtain a license from the Department to install above ground swimming pools. 
An updated proposed rule was published in the Connecticut Register. There is no associated comment period. The Agency submitted the proposed rule to the Attorney General. Notice of the Legislative Regulations Review Committee meeting and anticipated decision dates were published in the Connecticut Register. The LRRC meeting date is scheduled for 3/28/2017. The LRRC decision due date is scheduled for 4/11/2017.

Notice of LRRC meeting/decision dates:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/RMR­View/­PR201­6-014­?­


Notice of Submittal to Attorney General:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/get­Docum­ent?g­uid={­A04FD­259-0­000-C­E33-9­27A-0­3CC90­1F4BA­F}?­

Updated Proposed Rule:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/get­Docum­ent?g­uid={­B04FD­259-0­000-C­E5D-9­36C-5­651A8­D066C­5}?­


Notice of Committee Decision:

https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/RMR­View/­PR201­6-014­

Notice of Committee Meeting Date and Decision Due Date:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/RMR­View/­PR201­6-014­

Notice of Submittal to Legislative Regulation Review Committee:
http:­//ere­gulat­ions.­ct.go­v/eRe­gsPor­tal/S­earch­/getD­ocume­nt?gu­id={2­0D095­57-01­00-C5­B7-AA­EE-67­0EEBF­3DA45­}­

Notice Attorney General Approval:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/get­Docum­ent?g­uid={­1F49E­47A-1­199-4­AAC-9­8DF-B­6987D­365E3­6}­

Updated Proposed Rule:
http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/33­651_P­R2016­-014_­updat­edpro­posed­.pdf­

Notice of Intent to Take Action:
http:­//sta­telin­k.sta­tesid­e.com­/Atta­chmen­ts/33­651_P­R2016­-014_­inten­ttoad­opt.p­df­ 

Notice of Proposed Rule:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/get­Docum­ent?g­uid={­EB86A­2EB-1­3C7-4­D3D-A­EE0-7­37CE7­CD6DC­7}­ 

Proposed Rule:
https­://er­egula­tions­.ct.g­ov/eR­egsPo­rtal/­Searc­h/get­Docum­ent?g­uid={­95FBB­181-7­347-4­927-9­30C-E­60E45­76AE9­7}­


 

NEW YORK

NY Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code Council final rule effective 10/3/2016: Amendments to the Uniform Code 


SubIssue : Pools & Spas

First Reported: 08/21/2014
Date Updated: 04/08/2016
Contact: Mark Blanke (518) 474-4073
Citation: DOS-47-15-00017
Upcoming Action: Nothing Scheduled
Status: Final
Regulation ID: NY26518

Service Type: Regulatory Alert


Rule Summary: 

The Council adopted amendments to the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code). The adoption includes: (1) the 2015 IRC section 326 on swimming pools, spas and hot tubs; (2) the 2015 IBC section 3109.3 on public swimming pools; (3) the 2015 IBC section 3109 on swimming pool enclosures and safety devices; (4) the 2015 IPMC section 303 on swimming pools, spas and hot tubs; and (5) standards published by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Notice was published in the register. The rule is effective 10/3/2016.

Notice of final amendments (pdf pg 33):
http:­//doc­s.dos­.ny.g­ov/in­fo/re­giste­r/201­6/apr­il6/p­df/ru­lemak­ing.p­df­

Notice of proposed amendments (pdf pg 28):
http:­//doc­s.dos­.ny.g­ov/in­fo/re­giste­r/201­5/nov­ember­25/pd­f/rul­emaki­ng.pd­f­

 

 

Pennsylvania


PA Department of Labor and Industry final rule effective 12/31/2015: Review of the 2015 International Code Council Codes 


SubIssue : Pools & Spas

First Reported: 05/15/2014
Date Updated: 12/04/2015
Contact: Pete Von Getzie 717.787.4186 
Citation: I-Codes
Upcoming Action: Nothing Scheduled
Status: Final
Regulation ID: PA25833

Service Type: Regulatory Alert


Rule Summary: 

The Department adopted sections of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC). The Department adopted by reference various codes issues by the 2015 ICC, including the International Building Code (IBC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Fire Code (IFC), the International Fuel Gas Code, the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Plumbing Code, the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), and the International Energy Conservation Code (IEEC). Notice was published in the bulletin. The rule is exempt from the formal rulemaking process. The rule is effective 12/31/2015.

Notice of final exempt rule:
http:­//www­.pabu­lleti­n.com­/secu­re/da­ta/vo­l45/4­5-48/­2101.­html­

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