DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A package of new laws proposed this week in Delaware aim to root out bad business practices.
The four bills, all from Democrats, each look to make it easier to find and deal with businesses doing work in Delaware without the proper licenses to do so.
The first requires contractors and subcontractors doing business with the state to be licensed in Delaware within 30 days of getting a contract. The next allows for anonymous reporting of license violations. The third requires better communication between the Division of Professional Regulation and Department of Finance, if someone is suspected of operating without a license. The last bill has the DMV require a valid business license before registering a company vehicle.
"We want to make sure that everyone has the proper licenses in place, everyone is paying taxes that they're required to pay. It's really about leveling the playing field, making sure everyone, every business is out there playing by the rules," said Rep. Trey Paradee, D-Dover, who is sponsoring that fourth bill.
"Being licensed in Delaware is a really important thing. I have to do that as a contractor. We have to keep our licensure current," said Lorri Grayson, vice president of GGA Construction.
And while she hopes it isn't the case, Grayson suspects there are business out there not playing by the rules.
"I think that it does happen. Unfortunately, I think it happens more than most people might realize," she said.