February 21, 2024

AUGUSTA – The Legislature’s Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee voted Tuesday to advance legislation sponsored by Rep. Tiffany Roberts, D-South Berwick, that would protect Maine consumers by licensing residential general contractors.

Maine already licenses plumbers, electricians, architects, interior designers and more but residential contractors, who often work on projects with these professionals, have no licensing requirements.

“I am proud of the work the committee has done on this bill in partnership with the Attorney General’s office, reputable contractors and constituents who have shared their stories with us,” said Roberts. “Together, we’ve collaboratively put together this crucial piece of legislation, which will safeguard consumers without unduly penalizing Maine’s small, local handymen.”

As amended, LD 1929 would require residential general contractors engaged in projects over $10,000 to be licensed. The license would include certain education requirements that many contractors already satisfy. Additionally, the bill would provide the Attorney Generals office with enforcement tools, such as license suspension and penalties for contractors who violate license requirements.

Maine is an outlier in its lack of residential contractor licensing and registration laws. Currently, 35 states have some form of licensing or registration, while others have municipal licensing or registration requirements.

The bill faces further votes in the House and Senate in the coming weeks.

Roberts is serving her third term representing House District 149, which includes portions of North and South Berwick. She serves as House chair of the Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee.


Brian Lee [Roberts], c. 305-965-2744

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