Under a new law, roofers in Kansas are required to apply for a license to do business. The goal is to weed out fly-by-night companies and roofing scams. But so far, just over half the state’s estimated 700 roofers have complied. Now, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office is working to raise awareness of the license requirement. At a legislative committee meeting today (TUE), state Representative Mark Kahrs, a Republican from Wichita, urged staff to be lenient with companies that may not know about the rule.
Companies operating without a license could face up to $10,000 in fines. But no fines have been levied so far. Staff from the Attorney General's Office say they're more interested in spreading the word that licenses are necessary than they are in prosecuting companies that haven’t registered.
The state wants to crack down on fly-by-night roofers or scam artists, especially those that might visit an area after a storm. There’s a Kansas law on the books that took effect in July, requiring roofers to get a state license. But it looks like many companies may not be aware of the requirement. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a state office is trying to get the word out.
The AG's office says they have not levied any fines against roofers for failure to comply with the new law.