The full House never gave final consideration to legislation that would have increased the annual fee for child labor certificates from $15 to $25. The legislative journey for SB297 by Sen. Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro, ended with approval by the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Employers must have a child labor certificate for each location where those younger than 18 are employed. A Class I Child Labor Certificate is required for the employment of 14- and 15-year-olds, while a Class II certificate is required for the employment of 16- and 17-year-olds.
Livingston said his proposed fee increase would have allowed the Child Labor Division to add an investigator to its staff.
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