Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Consumer Protection Bill Heads to Governor
A bill giving greater protection to Oklahomans who
contract for construction work is on its way to the governor.
Leftwich is the author of Senate Bill 306. The bill requires
contractors to provide proof that they have general liability
"We've seen too many cases of Oklahomans paying for work
to be done on their homes, only to be left holding the bag when
the work is substandard, or the contractor takes the money and
runs," said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City. "Requiring proof
of liability insurance gives greater protection to consumers."
SB 306 also requires the contractor to have workers comp insurance
or an exemption permit.
"Again, should a worker be hurt on the job, we want to make
sure the proper party is held responsible, and that this doesn't
fall back on the family or person who hired the contractor,"
The measure would not apply to individuals modifying an existing
single-family or duplex structure on their own property, unless
the modifications are being subcontracted. In that case, the subcontractor
would have to meet the requirements set forth in SB 306.
The legislation is supported by the Oklahoma Municipal League
and the Oklahoma Home Builders Association.
For more information contact:
Sen. Leftwich's Office - 405-521-5557