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Home warranty extension vetoed (vetoed bill)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Kris Berggren
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Minnesota winter weather can postpone the effects of certain construction defects or inhibit a contractor’s or inspector’s ability to determine a problem in a timely fashion.

Lawmakers wanted to extend the time a homeowner would have to see the effects of a problem and request remediation from their builder.

However, Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill that would have extended from six months to one year the period in which a warranty claim may be made by a homeowner.

“Not reporting a construction related problem in a timely manner could exasperate the problem and increase costs,” he wrote in this veto message.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) and Sen. Lisa Fobbe (DFL-Zimmerman), was one of several passed this session that sought to strengthen homeowner warranty rights.

HF330*/SF264/CH112

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