OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has narrowly approved a proposal to require roofers in the state to have a $30,000 bond to get a state license.
Republican Rep. Mark McBride — who is a roofer — carried the bill in the House, which passed the bill Wednesday on a 51-42 vote.
The bill would require roofers to get the bond to cover damage caused by the roofer's work. McBride says it's meant to protect Oklahomans from predatory out-of-state roofers that come into the state after major storms to take advantage of desperation.
Roofers could still avoid the bond by not having a license. McBride has said his measure is "just the start" in regulating the industry.
The bill goes back to the state Senate for consideration of an amendment.