Wheat Ridge Rep. settling in well at state capitol
(Mar 6) – The House Business Affairs and Labor committee approved a bill today sponsored by Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, that requires most plumbers to meet continuing education requirements before their license can be renewed by the state. This will improve overall workplace safety and the quality of Colorado’s plumbers work.
“This important bill would ensure public safety, provide licensing for skilled workers, and ensure Coloradans are being served by a stellar professional workforce,” said Rep. Duran. “This is about giving hardworking families and individuals peace of mind when it comes to who is servicing their homes and helping workers at the same time.”
HB19-1086 puts in place reasonable continuing education requirements for most plumbers across the state of Colorado while also providing for timely and sufficient reviews of workplaces to ensure safety and quality of work. Plumbers are one of the last professionally licensed skilled tradespersons in Colorado without a continuing education requirement, which means many plumbers may not have ever upgraded their skills to meet the needs of new technologies and new types of systems such as gray water and reclaimed water.
Herb Atchison, Mayor of the city of Westminster, came to testify in support of HB19-1086. The bill passed out of committee with a vote of 7-4 and now heads to the House floor.
Rep. Duran also sponsored the Remote Notaries bill which passed the House Finance committee by a bipartisan vote of 6-5 and now heads to the Appropriations committee. HB19-1167 will move the state toward embracing emerging remote notary technologies, expanding access to the services for people across the state. The bill will also help protect Coloradans’ nonpublic personal information when they use remote notary services by implementing data privacy protections, filling a gap in current law.