A bill to allow non-licensed electricians to work on homes failed at the Capitol.

The sponsors of the bill said their aim was to spur job growth. The bill would have allowed HVAC workers and electricians to work without holding a license. Opponents feared it relaxed laws too much.

“Our understanding is the bill essentially puts forth the right of an individual to pursue an occupation and then puts the burden on the state to prove that those laws, really any regulation is the minimum necessary to protect the public health and safety,” said Joe Carter, CEO of Snyder Environmental.

Currently, eight hours of continuing education are required every three years, along with a written exam.