California bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements amidst Berkeley balcony collapse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Two California Democrats are introducing legislation to require construction companies to disclose felony convictions and settlements over construction defects.

It comes after six young people were killed last month when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley.

The firm that built the apartment has paid millions of dollars to settle lawsuits related to balcony failures.

SB465 by Sens. Jerry Hill of San Mateo and Loni Hancock of Oakland faces its first legislative hearing Tuesday in an Assembly committee.

The California Building Industry Association and trade association United Contractors are among its opponents.

CBIA says construction companies are sometimes forced to settle even when they are not directly at fault for construction defects because they carry primary liability.

Hill spokesman Aurelio Rojas says the legislation faces an uphill fight to win committee approval.

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