From the Office of Senator Robert Duncan, District 28

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2003
Contact: Deon Daugherty
512-463-0128, office
512-619-5473, cell

Sen. Robert Duncan files legislation to assist homebuyers and homebuilders

AUSTIN - Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, has filed Senate Bill 383 to establish a state commission on building standards that will benefit both homebuyers and homebuilders.

The Texas Residential Construction Commission will be a self-funded agency created to settle disputes between homebuyers and homebuilders, as well as adopt standards for residential construction.

The nine-member state commission, composed of industry and public members, would effectively regulate how homes are built, and then hold those who build the homes accountable for their work. The resolution process would settle disputes without the need for expensive and time-consuming litigation.

"SB 383 will provide enormous benefit to Texans. The bill provides uniformity in residential construction in two ways: 1) by adopting building standards that will provide objectivity in solving problems, and 2) by resolving disputes between the homeowners and homebuilders," Duncan said. "This process should be an efficient and objective evaluation of disputes - a reasonable way to avoid the pain and expense of litigation."

Duncan said the uniform standards for every residential building construction should help minimize or end mold problems, as well as placing more accountability in the homebuilder and homebuyer relationship.