A bill that would increase regulatory oversight of California building contractors fell one vote short of advancing Tuesday after several Democrats abstained in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. A recently elected southern California democrat was one of the ones who abstained.
Senate Bill 465 would have required that the state licensing board be notified when contractors are convicted of felonies or settle a significant claim involving negligence, fraud, incompetence or other serious professional wrongdoing.
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Seven Democrats voted to advance SB 465, which was facing a policy committee deadline this week, and continue discussions with the construction industry over suitable amendments. Three others withheld their votes, stating that they could not support the bill before the details had been worked out.
“I just hate feeling rushed into making a decision that I don’t know what the consequences of it might be,” said Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg. Assembly members Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey, and Bill Dodd, D-Napa, also abstained.
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