Proposed Legislation in Pennsylvania – July 2006

July 2006Newsletters In The Zone

As seen in the July 2006 In The Zone newsletter.

Alleged home improvement fraud makes up nearly 10% of all consumer complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals office. In response, Sen. Tomlinson proposed Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1000 (the "Bill"), to be known as the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, to provide for the regulation of home improvement contracts and require that home improvement contractors register with the State.

Certain home-building associations became worried that the interests of remodelers and subcontractors would be negatively affected even though the Bill would exempt builders who exclusively develop new homes from its provisions. These concerns led to intensive negotiations that culminated in an amended version of the Bill. The Bill now addresses issues such as the preemption of municipal contractor licensing, the allowance of emergency home repairs, and the allowance of arbitration clauses in home improvement contracts.

On June 26, 2006, the Pennsylvania Senate voted 36-14 to approve the Bill. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will consider the Bill sometime in the Fall.