"I've been pushing for it two-and-a-half years now," said Joe Pearman, a builder and chairman of the Registered Builders Committee for the Lincoln Trail Homebuilders' Association.
"It's something that's got to happen."
Rep. Mike Weaver, D-Radcliff, introduced the legislation March 4.Although it was "bogged down" in the Licensing and Occupations committee, Weaver, who is a builder, said he
plans to pre-file the bill in December and build momentum for its passage next year.
Weaver, who is the only sponsor of the bill so far, said the bill is an important piece of consumer legislation that is needed more than ever in light of recent lawsuits and lien filings against Morgan Construction Inc.
Currently, anyone who hangs a shingle can build someone's house, Pearman
said, which can only lead to trouble.
"You can go out tomorrow with a hand saw and call yourself a builder," Pearman
Whether the current allegations against Michael Lee Morgan, 29, are true, Pearman
said the public needs to have some security about who they hire to build the biggest investment of their lives.
said that, until such legislation is passed, consumers need to pay more attention to who they hire to do their construction projects.
"When you think you're getting something for nothing, that's usually what you're getting," Pearman
said."We're humans, and we all like to get a good price."
said, checking whether a contractor belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to maintain certain standards for membership.That helps consumers to be somewhat assured that their contractor can do the job.
"People get ripped off right and left," Pearman