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August 21, 2003

Public hearing scheduled for contractor rules and fees


TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has scheduled a public hearing on proposed rule changes and fee increases for its Contractor Registration program.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the L&I building, 7273 Linderson Way, S.W., in Tumwater.

This rulemaking is a result of the department's request legislation -- Contractor Registration/Consumer Protection (Substitute Senate Bill 5101) -- that successfully passed the Legislature and was signed into law in 2001. The purpose of that legislation was to enhance consumer protection by increasing bonding requirements, setting aside compensation for homeowners, increasing enforcement tools and increasing in consumer outreach. With L&I’s proposed rule changes, the department could increase the bond requirement up to three times for contractors who have had several final judgments against their bonds. It could also increase other penalties for violations of the contractor registration laws.

In addition, L&I is seeking input on a proposed 3.2 percent across-the-board increase for all of its fees in the contractor registration program. This amount is based on the state’s fiscal growth factor; it is the maximum amount allowed by the Office of Financial Management. If adopted, a two-year contractor registration fee would increase from $100 to $103.20.

To view the specific proposals, visit L&I’s laws and rules website at: www.LNI.wa.gov/rules/.

Written comments must be received by Aug. 27. They may be e-mailed to swaj235@LNI.wa.gov, faxed to 360-902-5292, or mailed to: Josh Swanson, Specialty Compliance Services Division, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400.

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For media information, call Lisa Pemberton at 360-902-5405 or email: PEML235@LNI.WA.GOV.

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