HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 325        FILED ON: 1/11/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 140


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Tackey Chan and John F. Keenan


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to establish licensing standards for drain cleaners.






Date Added:

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk


John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth


Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk


Frank A. Moran

17th Essex


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex


Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk


John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex


Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol


Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth


John C. Velis

4th Hampden


Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex


Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex


Daniel Cahill

10th Essex


RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk


Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester


Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex


Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth


Thomas P. Walsh

12th Essex


Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk


Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk


Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex


Gerard Cassidy

9th Plymouth


Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk


Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex


Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk


Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden


Nick Collins

4th Suffolk


James Arciero

2nd Middlesex


Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk


Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk


Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester


Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire


James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth


David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex


Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex


Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk


Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk


Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester


Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk


Rady Mom

18th Middlesex


Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


Paul Tucker

7th Essex


Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex


Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk


John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester


Carlos González

10th Hampden


John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk


Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester


Joseph F. Wagner

8th Hampden


Joseph A. Boncore

First Suffolk and Middlesex


Linda Dorcena Forry

First Suffolk


Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk


William Driscoll

7th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 325        FILED ON: 1/11/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 140

By Representative Chan of Quincy and Senator Keenan, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 140) of Tackey Chan, John F. Keenan and others for legislation to provide for the licensing and regulation of drain cleaners.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 165 OF 2015-2016.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act to establish licensing standards for drain cleaners.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Board of Examiners of Plumbers shall promulgate rules and regulations providing for the licensing of drain cleaners in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Such rules and regulations shall establish distinct classes of drain cleaner licenses as deemed appropriate by the Board, to include but not limited to apprentice level licenses and master level licenses.

SECTION 2. Any person or entity engaging in drain cleaning without a license shall be subject to a civil administrative penalty under the provisions of section 65A of chapter 112 of the General Laws.

SECTION 3. All licensing and application fees and civil administrative penalties collected pursuant to this act shall be deposited into the Division of Professional Licensure Trust Fund established by section 35V of chapter 10 of the General Laws.