Two identical bills were introduced in the Senate and House in January, putting home inspection licensing on the fast track. The House bill had 23 co-sponsors from both political parties and ASHI and MAR were toasting to their “inevitable” success when … mysteriously … the train derailed.
The bill in the House (HB 1291) was rejected by the Licensing Committee and a month after the public hearing a substitute has yet to be introduced with only 60 days left in the legislative session.
How did this happen?
While there are many efforts being made by people in many different occupations, interests, and parts of the state to prevent this harmful ASHI bill from becoming law, a part of the reason (there has been much going on behind the scenes) for this success in the MO House of Representatives goes to Nick Gromicko and INACHI’s legal counsel, Mark Cohen.
Mark reviewed the proposed bill in depth and found several liability issues which he highlighted in his letter that was sent to the committees reviewing the bill in the House as well as the Senate before each public hearing. His letter was well received and has been a topic of conversation in several discussions with and between several Missouri Senators in recent days as they have been reviewing the same bill that failed to make it through the House committee last month.
I want to publicly thank Mark for his expertise in discovering and communicating his concerns and helping us to fight this attempt to create a licensing board for ASHI’s present and past presidents to use to promote their agenda.
This year, we have several lobbying groups who have joined us in fighting these opportunistic bills designed to exploit home inspectors at the expense of home builders and contractors.
Whether or not home inspectors should be regulated in Missouri is a discussion that is still up for grabs, but the five man board of ASHI presidents writing a statewide building code is being soundly rejected. As long as MAR continues to present that model year after year, their PAC money continues to go down the tubes.
Mark’s observations helped us to address the concerns of some of the individual home builders, contractors and some other groups supporting us — as well as those of the home inspectors who would be exploited for private gain through the ASHI initiative.
Thanks again, Nick and Mark. There is still more fighting to do and you have certainly helped us off to a great start.