Regarding H5414 and S919 (Bills pushed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), which would prohibit home inspectors from opening electrical service panels during home inspections in Rhode Island:
In May 2023, on behalf of InterNACHI, I retained The Victor Group (a registered lobbyist) to devise and implement a comprehensive legislative strategy to defeat these two Bills that were moving through the general assembly.
Our lobbyist engaged with the speaker Shekarchi and senate president Ruggerio to express our concerns regarding the Bills and their impacts, and also met with Matt Weldon (DLT director) to discuss our opposition to the Bills. I worked on the Board of REALTORs side to gather support for our cause explaining that InterNACHI members find defects that protect the safety of our shared clients. I also explained to the IBEW (to no avail, IMHO), that home inspectors find defects that their members are then paid to correct.
By acting quickly (we had almost no warning about these Bills), it appears we achieved some success.
We were promised that although the senate Bill will be voted in the committee, it will be held and not transmitted to the floor; thus giving InterNACHI more time to prepare an amendment if the Bill was to move forward. Although the legislation is not dead, InterNACHI was able to curb the senate’s appetite to move this Bill forward.,
Update: So far, S919 was never sent to the senate floor for a vote and H5414 never made it out of committee.