And the battle continues.
> From: xxx
> xxxx On Behalf Of Rachel Boyko
> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:37 PM
> To: xxx
> Subject: Re: [Florida Code Talk] Changes
> We haven't updated you in a while, so I felt it necessary to post an
> Regarding 2011 Legislative changes to Home Inspection and Mold Related
> services, There have been a few modifications.
> HB 849 revises the qualifications for Home Inspectors for Grandfathering
> purposes. If the bill is signed in its current version, it will extend
> Grandfathering for Home Inspectors to July 1st, 2012 and allow Division
> 1 contractors, 1 & 2 family dwelling inspectors through ICC or BCAI to
> 'Grandfather' in to this license category WITHOUT taking a class, exam
> All one would have to do is submit the application paperwork,
> and fees to the state.
> This bill also removes the ability for Division 1 contractors to perform
> repairs to homes they inspect. There was an amendment filed to allow
> "Certain Contractors" the ability, but it was not approved to modify the
> The current status of this bill is that it has been passed by Both the
> & Senate and has been enrolled. It is on the way to the Governor's desk to
> be signed into law.
> If you believe that Division 1 Contractors should maintain, as they always
> have, the ability to inspect & repair the same project, Contact Governor
> Scott to veto this bill. We have been and continue to fight to retain the
> ability for Division 1 contractors to perform repairs to homes they
> however The Florida Home Builders Association for some unknown reason
> concurred with the Senators in favor of this bill.
> If you are a member of the Florida Home Builders Association, you may want
> to contact your local representative to ask them to preserve your rights
> contractors in the future.
> You can copy and paste this into an email to send to Governor Scott:
> Dear Governor Scott,
> HB 849 in its current version, makes a bad law worse. The special
> interest groups have won at a great expense to the consumers of the state.
> If this bill is signed as enrolled, this will
> stifle the competitive edge of contractors, who have been able
> to perform repairs to buildings they inspect since the inception of the
> trade itself. Contractors have now lost that right. Now it will
> require 2 people to be paid instead of 1 and this is counterproductive
> to your mission to get Florida back to work. Please veto this bill,
> so that the legislature may be able to rectify the language to 468 in the
> 2012 legislative session.
> We fought to revise the experience requirements to the Mold Category.
> After months of effort on our part, without support from certain
> associations, it almost worked! In the end however, the Senate shot it
> down by a conference committee vote.
> Hopefully in the next legislative session, the industry will realize the
> importance of following bills and letting our voices be heard.
> We will keep you posted as the Fight for our Rights continues,
> On Behalf of Robert Koning (As he is traveling and will return later this
> Rachel Boyko
> Executive Assistant to Robert Koning
> Association of Construction Industry Certified Professionals