Housing Liability Expansion Heard in House Committee

The House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on HB 1935, sponsored by Representative Brendan Williams (D-22, Olympia), to expand liability on housing projects. At the hearing, Representative Williams presented a proposed substitute that would be an exact copy of SB 5550, which was introduced by Senator Brian Weinstein (D-41, Bellevue). SB 5550 is pending further action in the Senate Rules Committee (see the summary posted previously). AIA/WA’s contract lobbyist Cliff Webster testified against the bill. AIA/WA supports the study committee portion of the bill. However, AIA/WA opposes the substantive provisions in the bill, because they presuppose the policy outcome that the study is designed to ascertain. To listen the hearing, go to http://www.tvw.org/ and enter the bill number in the search engine.