JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers give final approval to a bill requiring homeowners to follow specific steps while trying to get builders to fix problems.
If homeowners try to sue first, their lawsuits could be dismissed.
The bill was sent to Republican Governor Blunt.
Democratic Governor Bob Holden vetoed a different version of the bill last year, but Blunt has expressed support for the legislation.
The House sponsor of the bill said it forces people to do what he did voluntarily with his Blue Springs home in November 2002. When water leaked from the shower through the floor, Pratt said he contacted the builder and the problem got fixed.
Opponents of the bill argued that homeowners may have to hire an attorney just to understand the steps they must follow if they have a complaint.
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