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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

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For Immediate Release: May 11, 2009

Sen. Debbe Leftwich
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. Senator Debbe Leftwich is the author of Senate Bill 306. The bill requires contractors to provide proof that they have general liability insurance.

"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," Leftwich said.

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

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