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, and 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, which the Kansas Attorney General’s Office administers.
So far, only about 400 of the estimated 700 roofing companies in the state have applied for licenses. Fines can be up to $10,000 for not complying.
At a committee meeting at the Statehouse, Representative Mark Kahrs asked for leniency for companies that haven’t applied because they don’t know about the law.
“From what I’ve seen the attorney general’s been very, very cautions on reaching out to those folks that aren’t’ registered, with the intent being to get them registered and make them aware of the act, as opposed to fining an otherwise legitimate business," says Adrian Serene with the Attorney General’s Office.
Serene says they’re continuing outreach through groups like the Kansas Roofing Association. Staff from the AG’s office will be at a roofer training event in October to raise awareness of the law.