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Howes bill creates a new category for licensed plumbers

A new category of licensed maintenance plumber would be created, under a bill passed by the House 130-1.

Rep. Larry Howes , R-Walker, who sponsors H.F. 632 said the bill would make it easier for small resort owners to do routine upkeep. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is the sponsor.

The restricted plumbing license has been problematic for those owners, said Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul. Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, also urged support “for the ‘ma and pas’ we want to make sure we keep open to continue to build that tourism dollar in our area.”

Eligible to take the maintenance plumber’s exam are those who have completed four years of practical plumbing experience or four years of experience in maintenance and repair of plumbing equipment, apparatus, or facilities. The plumbing board would be authorized to adopt rules regarding the new category.