Posted on August 11, 2014 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story was published in Aug. 6 editions of The Oklahoman.

By Richard Mize

Copyright © 2014, The Oklahoma Publishing Company

A homebuilder who is a state lawmaker invited builders to explain to lawmakers why and how they should regulate  get ready for it  builders.

It's not as unlikely as it might seem, even in a state where loathing over-regulation is a pastime  not to hear Rep. Mark McBride tell it.

McBride, R-Moore, called for Wednesday's meeting of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee. Moore has been swarming with so-called homebuilders since May 20, 2013, when a tornado raked Moore and south Oklahoma City, leaving devastation  and opportunity.

McBride, whose business is McBride Construction & Roofing, said Moore has had a "huge influx" of brand-new builders rush in  from Minnesota, Arizona and Texas, for example. With no state licensing or registration, "anybody could become a homebuilder."

Moore City Manager Steve Eddy told the committee that at least a dozen houses in Moore, rebuilds from the tornado, are stalled  weeds high, sheathing and decking fading  because of contractors who stopped work, leaving buyers .. (click here to read the entire story at

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