November 1994

State Board of Electricity (SBE) passes motion endorsing Bill Bickner’s rough draft for a power limited license. This was done in conjunction with talks between Bill Bickner and Representative Tim Pawlenty relative to Representative Pawlenty’s efforts to change licenses for cable TV installers.

June 1995

SBE passes motion to create first Advisory Task force to study Alarm and Communications License revisions.

March 1996

SBE passes motion approving Gartner petition and initiates rulemaking process.

May 1996

Solicitation of Comments is published in State Register.

July 1996

SBE President Barud requests John Schultz to recap prior actions so that Board can reaffirm path and process initiated by the Board.

September 1996

Public Comments given to the SBE for review.

September 1996

SBE passes motion to establish second Advisory Task Force to study the issue and recommend rule change or other action. Board sets methods for selecting ATF members.

October 1996

SBE passes motion defining ATF mission or charge, along with April 1997 reporting date. Board elects ATF members.

October 1996

ATF initial meeting.

April 1997

ATF report.


Department of Labor and Industry creates Master Job Classification, Code 430 (Wiring System Technician) by rule.


Individual licensing bills were introduced but failed in the Legislature, and a bill requiring a “professional engineer’s” license to work in the areas of building control, fire protection, process control and life safety (HF 205), also failed.


Department of Labor and Industry creates Master Job Classification, Code 431 (Wiring System Installer” by rule.


During the 2000 legislative session, CCASRA launched the Minnesota Technology Business legislation (SF 2898/HF 3297), a legislative initiative to make it clear that Minnesota law does not require a person to be a licensed electrician when there are no safety issues involved in the installation.


During the 2001 legislative session, new bill language (SF 2150/ HF 1683) was adopted and gained support from other groups.


During the 2002 legislative session, SF 2150 passed the Legislature with no dissenting votes, after which it was signed into law by the Governor. This new law took effect on August 1, 2002.


Passed “clean-up” legislation.


Clean-up language: Changed language from State Board of Electricity to Department of Labor and Industry, increased enforcement language and created a registered unlicensed classification.