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Governor cites alleged cost to business in vetoing new licensing bill

In a February 10 action, Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill passed in January by the legislature that would have required home contractors to be registered with the state Office of Professional Regulation. for any construction project valued at $3,500 or more. Vermont is one of eight states without any form of license, certification or registration for contractors.

Supporters of the bill, H. 157, contended that the registration scheme, framed as "light touch" regulation, was needed to reduce rip-offs of consumers by some companies which they blame, in part, on lax regulation by the state. According to . . .

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