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Bills target Nevada's construction defect law

A construction worker guides a rafter into position at a construction site, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. (Al Behrman/AP Photo)
A construction worker guides a rafter into position at a construction site, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. (Al Behrman/AP Photo)
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Updated: 4/06/2013 12:33 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada contractors say construction defect laws intended to protect consumers have morphed into a trial lawyer's dream and their own nightmare, putting many builders out of business and sending the cost of insurance skyrocketing.

But during a hearing Friday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, homeowners recalled their own nightmares of shoddy workmanship and costly repairs that were fixed only after lawsuits were filed.

There was little consensus over SB161, presented by Republican Sen. Michael Roberson of Henderson. The bill would define a constructional defect as a flaw that "presents an unreasonable risk of injury to a person or property."

It would also reduce the time in which lawsuits could be filed and remove attorney's fees from recoverable damages.

Construction defect reforms are a priority of Republican lawmakers.

AP-WF-04-05-13 1822GMT

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