Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Contractors
Petition 408
Petition Information
Petition Title Petition to Amend 18VAC50-30-190 of the Individual License and Certification Regulations.
Date Filed 3/26/2024    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Patrick Jeffers 
Petitioner's Request

Petitioner requests the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation ("DPOR”) and the Board for Contractors ("the Board”) to amend 18VAC50-30-190.11 of the Board’s Individual License and Certification Regulations (18VAC50-30), which provides for prohibited acts.

Section 18VAC50-30-190 states, in part:

Any of the following are cause for disciplinary action:

11. Where the regulant has been convicted or found guilty, after initial licensure or certification, regardless of adjudication, in any jurisdiction of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving lying, cheating or stealing, sexual offense, non-marijuana drug distribution, physical injury, or relating to the practice of the profession, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time of appeal having elapsed. Any pleas of guilty or nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this subdivision. The record of a conviction certified or authenticated in such form as to be admissible in evidence under the laws of the jurisdiction where convicted shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such guilt;

Petitioner requests that the term "sexual offense” in the prohibited act be stricken.

Petitioner contends that 18VAC50-30-190.11 invites the Board to apply § 54.1-204(B) of the Code of Virginia in a manner that exceeds the Board’s police power under §§ 54.1-100 and 54.1-201(A)(5) by allowing the Board to divest tradesman applicants, with certain criminal convictions, of their fundamental right to pursue and practice their occupations of choice absent the Board’s legitimate protective need to prevent them from perpetrating deceptive or misleading trade practices, or to ensure their continuing trade competency, in contravention of the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Virginia, and federal and state statutory and common law.

Petitioner’s petition provides additional legal argument as to the bases upon which the prohibited act exceeds the Board’s police power.

A copy of the petition is available from the agency.

Agency's Plan

The petition for rulemaking will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on April 22, 2024 (Volume 40, Issue 18). The petition will also be published on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall ( Public comment on the petition will be received from April 22, 2024, to May 13, 2024. Upon conclusion of the public comment period, the Board will consider all public comments received on the petition and make a decision to either grant or deny the petitioner’s request at the Board’s next available meeting, which is expected to be June 18, 2024. The petitioner will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision.

Comment Period Began 4/22/2024    Ended 5/13/2024
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 3/26/2024
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 4/22/2024     Volume: 40  Issue: 18
Agency Decision Pending    

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