Calif. Construction Defects Committee Hammers Away on Proposed Bill

August 29, 2000

The California Legislature’s Construction Defects Conference Committee met twice last week in Sacramento in an attempt to reach an agreement concerning limiting costs and delays resulting from construction defect litigation.

According to legislative report “This Week in Sacramento,” a proposal to replace litigation with a home warranty provided by builders was modified earlier in the year to require only judicial arbitration and limit any litigation to remedies under the home warranty. But Senator Joe Dunn and Assemblyman Darryl Steinberg both indicated that they would not vote for any bill because they saw no evidence of a problem. Another meeting is tentatively scheduled for next week to continue discussions for next year’s proposed bill.

“This Week” reported that “at this point, however, it appears the two-year process to reform the construction defect litigation process has failed.”

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