News Props to Chopp (and Rossi) from the BIAW
posted by January 8 at 14:01 PMon
The latest edition of the Building Industry Association of Washington’s right wingy newsletter hypes some of its favorite politicians.
In addition to endorsing Dino Rossi for governor, they also give a shout out to Speaker of the House Frank Chopp for killing a homeowner protection bill last session after the Senate sent it his way.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Brian Weinstein (D-41, Mercer Island), would have given homeowners the right to sue builders for faulty construction.
Here’s the BIAW’s blurb on Speaker Chopp and Sen. Weinstein
Son of Weinstein Last session BIAW successfully stopped Senator Brian Weinstein’s so-called “homeowner bill of rights” legislation thanks to House Speaker Frank Chopp. Weinstein’s bill would have imposed mandatory warranties and extended homebuilder and remodeler liability, which would have ultimately created another liability insurance crisis and forced small contractors out of business. In response to Weinstein’s bill, Speaker Chopp created a task force headed by Rep. Mark Ericks to examine ways to better protect consumers. This group may make some recommendations in the upcoming session. BIAW is participating in this process. Unfortunately, Senator Weinstein will most likely reintroduce his ‘warranty’ legislation—be prepared for another fight.
“Unfortunately” for the BIAW maybe, but given shoddy—and shocking— work like this, it seems like a good thing for consumers.