Here is the official announcement. Senator Harriet Spanel has submitted a law to require home inspectors to be licensed in the state of Washington.
Senate Bill 5788 (Requiring the licensing of home inspectors.): Introduced by Sen. Harriet Spanel on January 31, 2007, to establish a Home Inspection Licensing Board and require home inspectors to obtain a license to perform home inspections. The bill also details the definitions, requirements, conditions and related items necessary to create and administer home inspection licenses .
Details and Comments: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=50645
If you go to the web site it allows you to read the entire bill and enter your comments about it.
Senator Spanel told me and a group from the coalition that she submitted the bill because of complaints received regarding home inspectors received by her and senator Kohl-Wells the co-sponsor of the bill. When asked who made the complaints she said she didn't know the details. THIS BILL WAS NOT SUBMITTED DUE TO ANY ACTIONS THAT I KNOW OF BY THE COALITION OF HOME INSPECTORS THAT HAS BEEN MEETING IN SEATTLE. The main reason seems to be a news story that was shown on television regarding a "bad" inspection that supposedly caused a couple to loose their home. As with most news stories, it didn't give all the facts but that really doesn't matter now.
If you want to change something in the bill I would suggest you contact your local state legislators. Legislators seem to respond to their constituents better than outsiders because if you're not a constituent you can't vote against them.
If you are against the idea of licensing, good luck. Spanel & Kohl-Wells are both powerfull in the Senate and Kohl-Wells told her constituents on television that she would get a law put in place to license home inspectors. I feel that all our energies should be put into making sure the law that is passed is somethin we can all live with.