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State Raising Awareness Of Roofing Law

Under a new law, roofers in Kansas are required to apply for a license to do business.

The goal is to weed out fly-by-night companies and roofing scams. But so far, just over half the state's estimated 700 roofers have complied.

Now, the Kansas Attorney General's Office is working to raise awareness of the license requirement. At a legislative committee meeting Tuesday, state Representative Mark Kahrs, a Republican from Wichita, asked staff to be lenient with companies that may not know about the rule.

“I would urge the Attorney General’s Office to give grace to all these Kansas business that are unaware of this act, give them ample time to be notified and made aware of it without punishing or penalizing them,” Kahrs said.

Companies operating without a license could face up to $10,000 in fines. But no fines have been levied so far.

Staff from the Attorney General's Office say they're more interested in spreading the word that licenses are necessary than they are in prosecuting companies that haven't registered.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.