Adoption of the State Plumbing Law was an act to promote and protect the public health through the regulations of the business of plumbing; creating a State Board of Plumbing and empowering said Board and State Department of Health to adopt rules governing the practice of plumbing and establishing a code of minimum standards of plumbing work; providing for the licensing and regulation of plumbers and the regulation, supervision and inspection of plumbing work; providing concurrent authority for cities and villages; and fixing penalties.
The installation of plumbing is a matter concerning the public health. Hence, but with one purpose in mind, to insure that the construction, installation and maintenance of plumbing in buildings in the state shall be safe, sanitary, and such as to safeguard the public health, the following rules governing the installation of plumbing are adopted.
The State Plumbing Law carries no legislative appropriation. Salaries of inspectors, employees, expenses of board members, office supplies, printing costs, stationery, stamps, etc., must be defrayed by the State Plumbing Board Fund which is derived principally by monies obtained from license fees and plumbing installation certificates. For this reason the printing and distribution of the code falls in a slightly different category than most state publications and, because of very limited income, general distribution is impossible.