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      RS 37:1378     


§1378. Revocation of licenses; other disciplinary actions

            A. The board may, pursuant to the procedures provided in the Administrative Procedure Act, revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew any license or endorsement issued by the board to any natural person. Grounds for revocation, or lesser disciplinary action, include but are not limited to the following:

            (1) Conviction of a felony.

            (2) Falsification of any material portion of a licensee's application or other requisite submission to the board including but not limited to insurance, work, training, or experience verifications.

            (3) The habitual performance of the work of either a tradesman plumber, journeyman plumber, or a master plumber which is substantially below the standards established by the Louisiana Department of Health or any of its agencies or offices, or the habitual performance of work of a medical gas installer or medical gas and vacuum systems verifier not in compliance with regulations of the state fire marshal or related local governmental codes.

            (4) The refusal of a master plumber, after notice from the board, to accurately designate an employment entity in his application, his renewal thereof, or upon any change in employment status with an employing entity.

            (5) The habitual practice of a master plumber to knowingly allow any employing entity to hold itself out as engaging in the business of plumbing at a time when the employing entity does not employ the master plumber as designated to the board.

            (6) The habitual practice of a tradesman plumber, journeyman plumber, master plumber, medical gas piping installer, or holder of a water supply protection specialist endorsement to knowingly allow any person not licensed by the board to perform plumbing work, medical gas piping installation, or the work of a water supply protection specialist, except as otherwise authorized by this Chapter.

            (7) The violation of municipal or other local plumbing codes not otherwise preempted by this Chapter or related regulations as evidenced by adjudication before local governing authorities.

            (8) The habitual violation by a master plumber, journeyman plumber, tradesman plumber, apprentice plumber, medical gas piping installer, medical gas and vacuum systems verifier, or holder of a water supply protection specialist endorsement of the rules and regulations adopted by the board.

            (9) The habitual violation of any rules or regulations adopted by the board by a gas fitter or master gas fitter.

            (10) The violation of any municipal code, any other code adopted by the board related to gas fitting not otherwise preempted by this Chapter, or any other related regulation as evidenced by an adjudication from a local governing authority.

            (11) The refusal of a master gas fitter to accurately designate an employing entity or provide notice of any change in employment with an employing entity.

            B. Any licensee whose license is revoked or otherwise restricted as provided herein, may within fifteen days of written notice by the secretary of the board of such revocation, appeal suspensively to the district court in the parish of his residence. The district court shall conduct a trial de novo, but shall not reverse or modify the decision of the board unless it determines that it is arbitrary and capricious. In the event a licensee presents new evidence to the district court, the court shall remand the matter to the board for additional fact-finding and, if appropriate, administrative orders.

            Acts 1990, No. 752, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, No. 824, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1020, §1, eff. July 9, 1999; Acts 2016, No. 297, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017; Acts 2016, No. 515, §1.

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