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NUMBER OF CONTRACTORS AT ALL-TIME HIGH

SALEM A July 1 state-mandated licensing test for construction contractors brought record numbers of contractors to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board in June, officials said.

According to administrator Ken Keudell, the board typically licenses 100 new construction businesses a week.

Junes total was more than 20 times that number, Keudell said. On July 3, a total of 45,724 construction business were licensed in Oregon the highest number in the boards history.

Oregon legislators passed a law in 1999 requiring new contractors to pass a state test starting July 1. Contractors are now tested on a required 16-hour course in construction laws and business practices. They must score 70 percent or higher on the closed-book 80-question test, Keudell said.

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