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HOUSE  .   .   .   .   .   .   .  No. 3871


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

                            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, January 27, 2014.                         


The committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to whom were referred the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 237) of John D. Keenan and others relative to streamlining home improvement contractor registration, reports recommending that the accompanying bill (House, No. 3871) ought to pass.


For the committee,




















HOUSE DOCKET, NO.                 FILED ON: 1/22/2014

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3871


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen



An Act relative to streamlining home improvement contractor registration.

              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.  Section 9 of Chapter 142A of the General Laws as appearing in the 2010 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (c) the following subsection:-

              (d)  Each applicant for registration as a home improvement contractor or subcontractor shall submit a completed copy of an application form supplied by the director and necessary supporting documents to the director, along with such fees as required by section 11, provided that applicants shall be given the option to pay any registration fee or guarantee fund fee using a major credit card.

              SECTION 2.  Section 11 of said chapter 142A is hereby amended in subsection (a) by striking the first paragraph and inserting in its place the following subsection:-

              (a)              Every contractor or subcontractor as defined in this chapter shall pay a registration fee in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the fee paid by construction supervisors pursuant to section ninety-four of chapter one hundred and forty-three and (ii) an amount necessary to recover the aggregate cost to the Commonwealth associated with the use of credit cards to pay fees charged pursuant to this chapter.  The registration fee required under this paragraph shall be payable upon application for registration and renewal.

              SECTION 3.  Section 14 of said chapter 142A is hereby amended by striking, in line 37, the words “telecommunications and energy” and inserting in its place the following words:-

              public utilities


              SECTION 4.   Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on July 1, 2014.

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