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MADISON – On Tuesday, February 18, the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate voted to pass Assembly Bill (AB) 683, a bill authored by State Rep. Tom Larson (R-Colfax) that authorizes the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to enter into reciprocity agreements so that qualified Wisconsin electricians may easily work across state borders.
“I am very excited about the opportunities AB 683 offers to Wisconsin electricians,” Larson said. “Electricians are in demand around the country, including in the North Dakota oil fields. AB 683 raises Wisconsin’s licensing standards so that our electricians will be able to work in other states without having to navigate a lot of red tape and testing. This means more money for Wisconsin businesses and families.”
AB 683 also addresses a number of issues concerning 2007 Act 63, which established mandatory licensing for Wisconsin electricians.
“Act 63 was supposed to take effect on April 1, 2013, giving electricians five years to comply,” Larson explained. “However, as the effective date neared, several stakeholders expressed concerns about how Act 63 would affect Wisconsin businesses and their employees. The Legislature voted last year to delay the effective date to April 1, 2014. As an electrical contractor myself, I was asked to investigate these concerns and find workable solutions so that the licensing requirement could move forward. I had many good discussions with interested parties over the past year, and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish.”