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H.672

Introduced by   Representative Heath of Westford

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Professions and occupations; plumbers and plumbing; plumber’s examining board; rules

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to prevent injury and conserve energy by invalidating the rule adopted by the plumber’s examining board which requires the installation and maintenance of water heaters at a minimum water temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

AN ACT RELATING TO RULES OF THE PLUMBER’S EXAMINING BOARD

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  26 V.S.A. § 2173 is amended to read:

§ 2173.  RULES ADOPTED BY THE BOARD

(a)  The plumber’s examining board may, pursuant to the provisions of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 (Administrative Procedure Act), make and revise such plumbing rules as necessary for protection of the public health, except that no rule of the board may require the installation or maintenance of a water heater at a minimum temperature.  To the extent that a rule of the board conflicts with this subsection, that rule shall be invalid and unenforceable.  The rules shall be in effect in every city, village, and town having a public water system or public sewerage system and apply to all premises connected to the systems and all public buildings containing plumbing or water treatment and heating specialties whether they are connected to a public water or sewerage system. The local board of health and the commissioner of public safety shall each have authority to enforce these rules.  The rules shall be limited to minimum performance standards reasonably necessary for the protection of the public against accepted health hazards.  The board may, if it finds it practicable to do so, adopt the provisions of a nationally recognized plumbing code.

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