Senate Passes Stricter Regulation of Contractors

The Senate passed Substitute House Bill 1843 to enact stricter regulations of construction contractors. The legislature has worked on many bills seeking to improve the quality of construction in Washington State. Some bills have been overly zealous and would have negatively impacted architects and others in the design professions and construction industry.

SHB 1843 is a reasonable measure to improve enforcement against bad contractors, increase penalties against unlicensed contractors and other take other steps to prevent unlicensed contractors from being active in our state.

The bill now goes to Governor Chris Gregoire.