HB 613

83(R) - 2013
Licensing & Administrative Procedures

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
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  • Negative
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Rob Orr

Bill Caption

Relating to the regulation of foundation repair contractors; providing a penalty.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB613, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2015. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 613 would create an entirely new regulatory and licensing board for foundation repair.

Analysis: HB 613 would represent an increase in government regulation through occupational licensing. Homeowners are able to choose their own repairmen and have plenty of resources to do their due diligence in contracting with a reputable service provider. It is not the government’s role to decide who the homeowners should or should not choose. Increasing regulation leads to increases in costs and stifles market competition. Private certification programs are available and widely recognized for most occupations. Voluntary participation in these certification programs is a way for businesses to enhance their credibility and distinguish themselves from noncertified competitors. This free market based system is far superior to government regulation. We oppose this legislation.