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                                                   HOUSE BILL NO. 1523



                                                                            C 046 L 90



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Representatives Kremen, Braddock and Spanel



Read first time 1/27/89 and referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.



AN ACT Relating to contractor advertising; and amending RCW 18.27.100.




        Sec. 1.  Section 10, chapter 77, Laws of 1963 as last amended by section 3, chapter 362, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.27.100 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) Except as provided in RCW ((18.27.020)) 18.27.065 for partnerships and joint ventures, no person who has registered under one name as provided in this chapter shall engage in the business, or act in the capacity, of a contractor under any other name unless such name also is registered ((hereunder)) under this chapter.

          (2) All advertising and all contracts, correspondence, cards, signs, posters, papers, and documents which show a contractor's name or address shall show the contractor's name or address as registered ((hereunder)) under this chapter.  The alphabetized listing of contractors appearing in the advertising section of telephone books or other directories and all advertising((, including by airwave transmission, which)) that shows ((or announces)) the contractor's name or address shall show ((or announce)) the contractor's current registration number:  PROVIDED, That signs on motor vehicles subject to RCW 46.16.010 and on-premise signs shall not constitute advertising as provided in this section.  All materials used to directly solicit business from retail customers who are not businesses shall show the contractor's current registration number. Advertising by airwave transmission shall not be subject to this subsection if the person selling the advertisement obtains the contractor's current registration number from the contractor.

          (3) No contractor shall advertise that he or she is bonded and insured because of the bond required to be filed and sufficiency of insurance as provided in this chapter.

          (4) A contractor shall not falsify a registration number and use it in connection with any solicitation or identification as a contractor.  All individual contractors and all partners, associates, agents, salesmen, solicitors, officers, and employees of contractors shall use their true names and addresses at all times while engaged in the business or capacity of a contractor or activities related thereto.

          (5) Any person who is found to be in violation of this section by the director at a hearing held in accordance with the administrative procedure act, chapter ((34.04)) 34.05 RCW, shall be required to pay a penalty of not more than five thousand dollars as determined by the director.  However, the penalty under this section shall not apply to a violation determined to be an inadvertent error.

                                                                                                                       Passed the House January 24, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                      Passed the Senate February 26, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.