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Ky.: New Bill Requires Residential Contractor Licensing
(March 9, 2004) -- A new bill being considered by Kentucky's Committee on Licensing and Occupations would require that building contractors in the state be licensed in order to perform work. H.B. 277 would require licensure of residential contractors by Jan. 1, 2006.
This marks the third time such a bill has been introduced, according to Dan Dressman, executive vice president for the Home Builders Association of Kentucky, which supports the bill. He says H.B. 277 is modeled after the group's "registered builder" program, which requires builders to conform to a certain level of standards in order to be considered "registered."
Participating builders also must have workers' compensation for all employees and written contracts for all work. "Some of those provisions will be incorporated into the state registration program," says Dressman. He also notes that the bill includes a continuing education component. "It would basically take a voluntary program and make it mandatory."
Dressman says such bills have been "tabled" in the past based on certain provisions disputed by labor unions, which are primarily concerned with the commercial construction side of the issue. He expects the 2004 bill to pass, however, since "the unions aren't really at all involved in residential construction."
By Bridget McCrea for REALTOR? Magazine Online