Resort organization introduces bill
Several area members of the Congress of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) attended their annual Day on the Hill in St. Paul on March 18-19, lobbying for common-sense legislation that is important to resort owners and the resort industry.
Hot topics included a couple bills that are currently in the House and Senate dealing with the restricted plumber’s license and preserving post Labor Day school start.
Current law states that resort owners must obtain a restricted plumber’s license to maintain water-related fixtures on their property, such as faucets, hot water heaters, toilets, water pipes, etc. If they don’t have the license, by law, they must call a licensed plumber in to do the work.
New resort owners who have purchased their resort in the past six years, and new owners going forward, cannot obtain the license because the narrow window of time to obtain it is now closed. If the plumbing breaks in a guest cabin at an inconvenient time, a resort owner who is qualified is able to make the repair on their own property without waiting to call a licensed plumber.
Also, continuing education at the level of commercial plumbers is required to maintain the license, but resorters are not in the business of plumbing. They just want to maintain their own property.
The CMR, with help from their lobbyist Joel Carlson, introduced a bill this session that would exempt resort owners from requiring this restricted plumber’s license. This legislation just makes clear that resort owners can maintain their property without a restricted license from the state, and without fear of non-compliance.
Preserving post Labor Day school start is threatened again this year. A bill has been introduced to lawmakers asking for a Sept. 1 start date for the 2015-16 school year.
The CMR and other tourism interests are again defending the requirement that schools begin after Labor Day statewide. This issue is critical to small resorts and the Legislature has been willing to stand up for Minnesota’s tradition of summer.