General contractors would have to take eight hours of continuing education each year to keep their licenses active in North Carolina under legislation supported by the industry.

Senate Bill 55 was before committee Wednesday, but only for discussion. Votes will come later.

It requires annual training for building contractors, residential contractors and those with unclassified licenses. The classes themselves, and the instructors, would be decided by the State Licensing Board of General Contractors.

Two hours would be mandatory classes, with another six hours of electives that contractors could pick from, sponsoring state Sen Rick Gunn said Wednesday.

Gunn, R-Alamance, said there’s “constant movement” in the construction industry, be it from new ordinances, building codes or fire codes. He said

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