Info from current bill available as of Dec 10 2008, more admendments to be proposed on Dec 16 when bill is up for vote by committee and will go to entire senate for vote if passed out of committee. These admendments may not be seen before last meeting of committee but only at the time of voting. As far as current grandfathering provisions- pass national exam to be determined by board before effective date - note the board is not chosen until after effective date and it may not allow all exams to qualify. I tesified that all exams from national organizations be allowed- this was not met favorably and lobbyist later explained to me that NAHI-ASHI wants other exam. Since over nineteen states have made NHIE exam a exclusive requirement, that seems likely. The other grandfathering provisions are “or” three years in business “or” 200 inspections, one of the most restrictive GF provisions of all previous states that have allowed GF provisions. As a new member with less than two years I plan on taking NHIE before effective date (at least 90 days out) so I am grandfathered.
Most of details of the bill is left to board whose membership is determined by Bill which I will post from BILL SUMMARY. This is a concern if we are not given a place on the board.
Ohio Home Inspector Board
The bill creates the Ohio Home Inspector Board consisting of five members. Not more than three member of the Board can be members of the same political party. The President of the Senate and Speaker of House … each must appoint one member who represents the public and has no financial interest in the home inspection industry. The bill requires the Governor to appoint three members who are licensed home inspectors and who each represent different national organizations that consist of and represent home inspectors. Of the members appointed by the Governor, one must be an independent home inspector and one must be a member or representative of a home inspection franchise business.
MY TAKE ONLY - IS THERE A PLACE FOR NACHI AT THE BOARD. The board establishes all the rules in the future.
The Joint Committee (NAHI-ASHI) testified before the senate that all National Organizations are in favor of this Bill. The Real Estate Lobbyist said that the real estate industry was in favor. The Joint Committee gave the impression that it was revenue neutral. There were only a few opponents.
I can see little to stop this BILL unless you notify your representatives immediately. See Jim Toth’s email to Ohio NACHI members for phone numbers.