Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 10, 2009
Senator Debbe Leftwich
Senate Committee Clears Measure Requiring
Liability Insurance for Contractors
The Senate General Government Committee on Tuesday
approved legislation that would require contractors to have general
liability and workers’ compensation insurance before they
can be issued residential building permits.
The Oklahoma City Democrat said the measure would
provide protection for homeowners.
“A home is likely the most significant investment
most families will ever make and it’s important that adequate
protections be in place,” said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City.
“This will provide homeowners with protection in the event
of a problem. It’s an important step toward ensuring legitimacy.”
Mike Means, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma
Home Builders Association, said the bill is an important step
toward providing homeowners with adequate protection.
“This is a good bill that provides an important
safeguard for Oklahoma homeowners,” Means said. “If
something goes wrong, the contractors insurance will take care
of it, not the homeowner’s. That’s the way it should
Senate Bill 306 would provide exemptions for persons
making modifications to their own home, unless a subcontractor
has been hired.