Last year the State of Washington wrote $1,638,250.00 in electrical citations. In 2003 it wrote $841,750.00 worth of citations. Ten years ago an electrical contractor or licensed electrician would not lose their license because they couldn’t pay fines issued to them. In the last 5 years 633 electrical contractors and electricians could not renew their licenses because of fines still owed to the Department. Presently there is $2,467,800.00 in collections for electrical citations.
These citations (94%) are written mostly to tax paying businesses for non-safety issues. The Department typically writes 4-8 citations for a single event, usually for not purchasing a $50 permit. For that, thousands of fines are issued and the only way to contest the fine is to pay a fee to get a hearing. This fee is in addition to the fine.
It’s time to reform the way L and I does business. Go to the site www.electricians4reform.com
and click on the online petition page, and sign the petition.