Mandatory Statewide Licensing of Electricians Likely Postponed to April 2014

Pursuant to Wis. Stat. s. 101.861, which was enacted in March of 2008 and due to go into effect April 1, 2013, electricians would be required to be licensed by the state and municipal licensing ordinances would be preempted. Currently, there are also municipal licensing regulations in some communities. The state mandate will preempt local regulations, thus a municipal electrician licensing ordinance would become unenforceable on April 1, 2013. A new bill, 2013 AB 35, passed by both the Senate and House, if signed by the governor will postpone the the effective date of these statutory provisions to April 1, 2014.