By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, April 26, a bill that would have forced many “handymen” to either become state licensed home repairmen or get out of the business was defeated in the Alabama House on the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR). House Bill 341 was sponsored by State Representative Steve McMillan (R-Bay Minette).
Rep. McMillan said that insurance companies give a cost break to homeowners with fortified roofs. HB341 would require that the roofing/building industry inform the public of their option to have a fortified roof. Many homeowners could get reduced insurance premiums if they would install a fortified roof instead of simply replacing the roof that they have. This bill would require roofers to inform the homeowner of this option. The bill also lowers the threshold needed to be able to do work on homes without having a home license from the State Home Builders Licensure Board to just $1000 worth of work. The current threshold is $10,000. McMillan said that they would amend the bill to $5000 on the floor.