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posted by January 13 at 15:15 PMon
During last year’s legislative session you’ll remember Sen. Brian Weinstein (D-41, Mercer Island) got a bill through the Senate giving consumers the right to sue contractors and builders for bad construction work. With much controversy, the bill was killed in the House.
Sen. Weinstein told me this morning that he’s bringing the bill back this year.
I’m not sure how far the bill will get, but Sen. Weinstein—who’s retiring after this session (he was originally elected in 2004)—seems in part motivated by a desire to take on House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford.)
An e-mail from Sen. Weinstein says:
From my conversations with many stakeholders as well as the press last year, everyone took for granted that homebuyers already have the right to sue a builder or contractor for damages if they do not exercise reasonable care. Unfortunately, homebuyers currently do not have the right to hold a builder or contractor liable.
This bill should give homebuyers the right that everyone presumes they already have.
I anticipate strong opposition again from the BIAW and have no commitment from Chopp that he will support it.
*I’m having trouble downloading the text of the bill. I’ll link it when I can.
As I wrote in my column earlier this week and as the Seattle Times agreed today—despite having a Democratic governor and fat majorities in both houses, Democratic leadership is muting expectations for any bold initiatives this session.
Eyes are on the election in November instead of the legislative session in January, February, and March.
I’m not sure why they’re so obsessed with winning elections when they seem nervous about using the majority they win in those elections.