Okla. panel clears roofing bond requirement bill

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma legislator and roofing contractor says his proposal requiring the state's roofers to buy a $30,000 bond will protect Oklahomans from what he calls subpar roofing "vultures" who come to the state after severe weather.

Republican Rep. Mark McBride introduced the bill to the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee, which approved it without opposition Wednesday and sent it to the full House for consideration.

McBride says the state's roofing industry is huge but unregulated. He says unlicensed roofers can operate with impunity after the state's frequent hail storms and other severe weather.

McBride also owns a roofing business, but he says his bill isn't a conflict of interest. He says he would have to get the bond as any other roofer would if the bill passes.

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