The state Senate has taken up debate on SB 5895, the Homeowners Bill of Rights. There’s a bunch of strikers to deal with, so it could take a bit.
UPDATE–The bill passed 25-24. What took so long was not the strikers but the Republicans bowing down before their lords and masters at the BIAW and predicting the entire economy will be destroyed by allowing homeowners to be made whole when shoddy construction occurs. Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, led things off for the GOP by scoffing at the idea that those in construction trades should be certified to do the work properly.
Yeah, that’s nuts. ‘Cause if the guy who put a black iron fitting between my water meter and water service line had known what he was doing, then it wouldn’t have corroded seven years later and spewed thousands of gallons of water down the street, and I wouldn’t have had to find a plumber I could pay to fix it. That is an economic problem, meaning less work for contractors to fix mistakes they shouldn’t have made in the first place.
Senator Janéa Holmquist, R-Ephrata, ended the Republican homage to the BIAW by taking a swipe at former state senator Brian Weinstein, who worked repeatedly during his tenure to pass the bill in that chamber, calling the bill “Son of Weinstein.” Then she gave a little “cutie-pie” look like the smart alec kid in the class who thinks she just made a good one. I’m sure the Sith Lords are very proud, Sen. Holmquist.
The bill, as is commonly done, was transmitted to the House. (Yeah, I know.) That’s another day.
Weinstein called me during the debate to express his congratulations to the Senate Democrats and especially Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, the prime sponsor.
Whew. That was fun!