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2005 Senate Bill 826: Increase unlicensed contractor penalties

Public Act 640 of 2006

Introduced by Sen. Ray Basham D- on October 19, 2005
To authorize criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and a $25,000 fine on a residential builder or alterations contractor who works without first obtaining a license from the state. The bill also authorizes the forfeiture and seizure of property from an unlicensed contractor, increases civil fines to up to $50,000, makes it easier for an affected person to sue for restitution, revises the duration of a residential contractors license to three years; and more.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on October 19, 2005
Reported in the Senate on May 23, 2006
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 7, 2006
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that lowers the proposed civil fine from $50,000 to $25,000 for unlicensed contractors, does not include the three-year license provision, and revises various other details.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 7, 2006
To authorize criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and a $25,000 fine on a residential builder or alterations contractor who works without first obtaining a license from the state. The bill also authorizes the forfeiture and seizure of property from an unlicensed contractor, increases civil fines to up to $25,000, makes it easier for an affected person to sue for restitution, and more.
Received in the House on June 8, 2006
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on June 8, 2006
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 30, 2006

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