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Chief Sponsor: Lynn N. Hemingway

Senate Sponsor: Patricia W. Jones

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies a provision of the Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act relating to
             10      alarm companies and agents.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    classifies as unprofessional conduct an alarm company or agent's failure to inform a
             14      potential customer about a local jurisdiction's policy on priority levels of responding
             15      to an alarm.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          58-55-502, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 198
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 58-55-502 is amended to read:
             26           58-55-502. Unprofessional conduct.
             27          Unprofessional conduct includes:
             28          (1) failing to establish, maintain, or demonstrate financial responsibility while licensed
             29      as a contractor under this chapter;

             30          (2) disregarding or violating through gross negligence or a pattern of negligence:
             31          (a) the building or construction laws of this state or any political subdivision;
             32          (b) the safety and labor laws applicable to a project;
             33          (c) any provision of the health laws applicable to a project;
             34          (d) the workers' compensation insurance laws of this state applicable to a project;
             35          (e) the laws governing withholdings for employee state and federal income taxes,
             36      unemployment taxes, FICA, or other required withholdings; or
             37          (f) any reporting, notification, and filing laws of this state or the federal government;
             38          (3) any willful, fraudulent, or deceitful act by a licensee, caused by a licensee, or at a
             39      licensee's direction which causes material injury to another;
             40          (4) contract violations that pose a threat or potential threat to the public health, safety,
             41      and welfare including:
             42          (a) willful, deliberate, or grossly negligent departure from or disregard for plans or
             43      specifications, or abandonment or failure to complete a project without the consent of the
             44      owner or his duly authorized representative or the consent of any other person entitled to have
             45      the particular project completed in accordance with the plans, specifications, and contract
             46      terms;
             47          (b) failure to deposit funds to the benefit of an employee as required under any written
             48      contractual obligation the licensee has to the employee;
             49          (c) failure to maintain in full force and effect any health insurance benefit to an
             50      employee that was extended as a part of any written contractual obligation or representation by
             51      the licensee, unless the employee is given written notice of the licensee's intent to cancel or
             52      reduce the insurance benefit at least 45 days before the effective date of the cancellation or
             53      reduction;
             54          (d) failure to reimburse the Residence Lien Recovery Fund as required by Section
             55      38-11-207 ;
             56          (e) failure to provide, when applicable, the information required by Section 38-11-108 ;
             57      and

             58          (f) willfully or deliberately misrepresenting or omitting a material fact in connection
             59      with an application to claim recovery from the Residence Lien Recovery Fund under Section
             60      38-11-204 ;
             61          (5) failing as an alarm company to notify the division of the cessation of performance
             62      of its qualifying agent, or failing to replace its qualifying agent as required under Section
             63      58-55-304 ;
             64          (6) failing as an alarm company agent to carry or display a copy of the licensee's
             65      license as required under Section 58-55-311 ; [or]
             66          (7) failing to comply with operating standards established by rule in accordance with
             67      Section 58-55-308 [.]; and
             68          (8) the failure of an alarm company or alarm company agent to inform a potential
             69      customer, before the customer's purchase of an alarm system or alarm service from the alarm
             70      company, of the policy of the county, city, or town within which the customer resides relating
             71      to priority levels for responding to an alarm signal transmitted by the alarm system that the
             72      alarm company provides the customer.

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