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March 12, 2009

SB14
HOME INSPECTORS (Miller D) To require the licensure of home inspectors and to create the Ohio Home Inspector
Board to regulate the licensure and performance of home inspectors.
SB14, sponsored by Sen. Dale Miller, would create a licensing procedure for home inspection. It is based on HB257
from the last General Assembly. Given the less than perfect economic situation, Miller suggested now more than
ever a bill that creates more consumer security is important. The job of home inspectors involves identifying major
problems in a home that should be factored into the price and should be accessible to the buyer prior to a
purchase. The licensing procedure would ensure that only experienced, well-educated, inspectors who had general
liability insurance and had passed the Board of National Home Inspectors' exam would be able to assess homes.
This would lower instances of consumers' getting "ripped off" by inexperienced inspectors and encourage people to
trust an already flagging real estate market. When asked by Sen. Faber how often people get "ripped off" in this
manner, Miller did not know.
Other questions from the committee were geared towards changes from HB257 and systematic issues.
Sen. Seitz questioned the inclusion of Consumer Sales Practices Act provisions (CSPAs) which he suggested were
the cause of the earlier bill's failure. Miller responded by saying he wanted the bill to start off strong, instead of
starting off weak. "I'm a reasonable person, I'm willing to compromise," he commented. Miller mentioned other
minor changes that dealt mostly with making the language "clearer, simpler and more permissive."
Chairmen Buehrer wanted to know whether enough people would meet the requirements initially to keep
competition high enough that prices wouldn't jump dramatically. If only a very small number of people could
practice right away and the rest would have to take courses and go through the licensing application process, this
could increase home inspection prices.
Data regarding these concerns will be presented at a later date, including possible price increases and the
approximate number of people able to practice immediately, should this bill pass.


March 7, 2009

Sponsor Testimony
Sponsorship testimony is scheduled for Tuesday March 10, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.. This is when Senator Miller goes before the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee to introduce the bill. Typically there is no other testimony and proponent/opponent hearings may occur in subsequent sessions.

A couple of changes from the old HB 257 have been brought to my attention. First SB 14 empowers the Superintendent of Real Estate to enforce Chapter 1345 of the Ohio Revised Code. This encompasses violations of Ohio's consumer sales practices. The Division of Real Estate will share information with the Ohio Attorney Generals office. Violations of ORC Chapter 1345 typically encompass deceptive sales practices and unconscionable consumer sales acts or practices. I'm no attorney but I've read cases where in civil litigation buyers have accused home inspectors of violations of consumer protection law. Generally these have not held because the plaintiff has to prove fraud and intent to deceive. If this bill goes through as written a new precedent for violation of consumer protection laws may be established. This is bad for home inspectors in my opinion. In my research no complaints against home inspectors have ever been filed with the attorney general's office. I'm all for consumer protection, but home inspectors deserve protection against threats of legal or regulatory action against them for frivolous complaints. Some may feel that more government is the answer. I personally would prefer government to stay at a comfortable distance.

The other change that I've noted is that the provision allowing engineers and architects to obtain a license without meeting the same requirements as home inspectors has been removed.

Senator Miller is a Democrat in a Republican controlled Senate. Who knows how much support he has. The problem with the legislative process is that amendments and changes can be introduced at any point which could radically change the original bill. These changes may not necessarily be for the best and are often introduced by those who do not truly understand our business.


March 3, 2009

It's Back-SB 14-Licensing for Home Inspectors Introduced
Just when you thought it was over, home inspector licensing is back in Ohio. Senator Dale Miller (D) SD23 has reintroduced HB 257 with minor changes. Click on the link SB 14 to read a copy. The most significant change is that real estate agents will be required to give buyers a brochure describing their rights to inspections. This bill is assigned to the Senate Insurance Commerce and Labor Committee. No hearings have been scheduled yet.


December 19, 2008

HB 257 Dies in Committee-FINAL THOUGHTS
After what seems like an eternity, I guess that home inspector licensing in Ohio will have to wait for another time. In the end compromise was reached and amendments crafted that reconciled disagreement. When one looks at the type of legislation that has been passed in other states, of which I believe that there are 32 at this time, HB 257 was really about as good as it gets. It had education combined with field mentoring and a board to administrate the law. This became a substantial improvement over the original version and was something that most inspectors could live with.

For the legislators in the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, there was not agreement that Ohio needed additional regulation at this time. Budgetary constraints have been in the forefront of state politics and legislators are reluctant to add additional administration in the midst of governmental cuts. Ultimately I believe that is what killed the bill.

This raises a larger philosophical question which is do we need licensing at all? Some feel that it is necessary to protect the consumer. Others feel that it will restrict entry enough to reduce competition in the market place, thereby providing the security of higher fees and a larger piece of the pie. Free market advocates would argue that the market place is self regulating. Bad inspectors fail in business and the best survive and prosper. Governmental regulation does little if anything to protect anyone's interest. I suppose if regulation was enough we wouldn't have the housing crisis created by bad loans and appraisals. Appraisers and mortgage bankers are licensed. Whatever the reality is we will wait for another time to deal with it.

I hope that if licensing comes back up in the future that HB 257 can be the starting point and inspectors in Ohio can work together for the good of the profession.


December 18, 2008

HB257
The Senate legislative session went until 8:30 p.m. last night. The Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee met afterwards. HB 257 did not come up for vote. It appears that the support is not there and HB 257 has died in committee.


December 16, 2008

HB257
Today's hearing and possible vote for HB 257 is postponed until Wednesday December 17, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.


December 11, 2008

HB257
HOME INSPECTORS (Schneider M) Require certification of home inspectors and regulate certification and
performance of home inspectors.
The committee heard proponent testimony from Steve Verssen on behalf of the home inspectors coalition
supporting the bill (see testimony from the House Commerce and Labor Committee in
The Hannah Report,
11/19/08), from Robert Fletcher of the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR), and from Columbus home inspector
Mike Metzger.
Fletcher noted the unique position of OAR in supporting the bill.
"We have generally refrained from attempting to influence the specifics of the bill," he said. "Our position
throughout has been that it would be rather presumptuous on our part to develop and promote legislation
regulating another profession."
Opponent testimony was offered by the owner of Talisman Home Inspection in Stow, James Ogle. He holds Ohio
licenses for WDI and radon inspection and is a member of the National Association of Home Inspectors and
Independent Home Inspectors of North America. Ogle said he carries several insurance policies and has
performed over 300 inspections for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of Hurricanes Rita
and Katrina.
As have other opponents, Ogle said, "This legislation favors the close-knit national associations or franchisees by
adding higher barriers to entry for new inspectors, and therefore a vested interest exists for current associations
and businesses resulting in less competition."
David Szalay offered interested party testimony and called for several amendments:
- a "Buyer Bill of Rights" disclosure on the role of inspectors;
- the requirement that a certified, licensed inspector provide the 40-hour training course and continuing
education courses;
- a reduction of the continuing education requirement to seven hours a year or less for holders of a
construction technology degree from an accredited college or university.

HB 257 is scheduled for a possible vote by the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee on Tuesday December 16 at 9:00 a.m. This is sink or swim for this bill.

December 1, 2008

The second hearing was held in the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee on Wednesday November 19, 2008.

Hannah News carried the following summary of the hearing:

HB257
HOME INSPECTORS (Schneider M) Require certification of home inspectors and regulate certification and
performance of home inspectors.
Home inspector Tim Stull, founding member of the American Society of Home Inspector's (ASHI) Ohio chapter,
and ASHI member Steve Verssen, president of Vertech Inspections and Consulting in Cincinnati, revisited their
proponent testimony from the House Commerce and Labor Committee.
Their unqualified support for the bill was challenged by architect David Tamny, owner of Property Inspection
Consultants, Inc., past president of ASHI's North Central Ohio chapter, and sitting treasurer of the National
American Society of Home Inspectors in Chicago.
Tamny appeared as an interested party, saying that while he supports the overall intent of the bill, his chapter
was not included in previous discussions on the bill, and that despite indications to the contrary, there is not a
general consensus on the bill as written among reputable home inspectors in Ohio.
"We simply feel that this legislation has weak education requirements and inherent conflicts of interest," he said,
specifically noting a provision that would allow inspectors to commence work correcting problems identified in the
inspection immediately after the sale of the home is closed. Tamny said the American Society of Home Inspectors
and the National Association of Home Inspectors both prohibit the practice as inviting the "temptation to
overstate defects to create monetary gain."
He argued that the bill should not guarantee home inspection franchises a seat on the Ohio Home Inspector
Board, because the "vast majority" of inspectors are independents.
Similarly, Tamny maintained that required education course for licensed inspectors should not be limited to
franchise providers or accredited institutions of higher learning.
"Home inspector association chapters have provided education in the past and would be excluded under this bill,
yet once again franchise operations are receiving special treatment by making them one of the only two
recognized entities for inspector education."
He added that the 40 hour course requirement in the bill should be increased, in view of education standards in
Indiana (60 hours), Kentucky (64 hours) and West Virginia (80 hours).
Finally, Tamny said the operating deficit of the inspector board anticipated by the Legislative Service Commission
would be even higher than the projected $200,000. He said that would be primarily due to a continued drop in
the number of home inspector licenses based on the new requirements.

Another proponent/opponenet/interested party hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 3, 2008. It is possible that there may be an amended bill and a vote on December 10, 2008.

September 14, 2008

HB 257 is currently in the Senate Insurance Commerce and Labor Committee chaired by Senator Steve Stivers. Hearings should resume on the bill after the election.

May 24, 2008

HB 257 has been assigned to the Senate Insurance Commerce and Labor Committee. A sponsorship testimony hearing is scheduled for Wednesday May 28, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. Is this bill on a fast track to get through the Senate before the summer break?

May 9, 2008

HB 257 passed the House with an amendment to reduce the amount of continuing education required from 15 hours per year to 6 hours. It was introduced into the Senate on May 8 2008. The bill can be viewed at HB 257 as passed .

May 1, 2008

HB 257 will be up for a vote in the general legislative session on Tuesday May 6, 2008.

April 8, 2008

HB 257 Voted Out of Committee

Today the Commerce and Labor Committee voted HB 257 out of committee and on to the House for a vote. If it passes in the general legislative session it is on to the Senate. Since this is a blog and not journalism I feel I must voice my opinion about the goings on in this meeting. When I saw no inspectors from the JLC show up I sensed that they knew they had this one in the bag. Three members of the North Central Ohio Chapter testified against the bill. One could tell from the tone of the committee that they were going to move on this. The issue of whether home inspectors should be allowed to work on properties immediately after closing was debated. The committee didn't see much of a problem because this practice is considered common for pest control operators and the like. This was a provision introduced by the AHIA lobbyist in testimony. AHIA represents the franchises who also are part of the same corporate conglomerates that own Service Master and other home repair franchises. It is rumored that it costs upwards of $75,000 to join the American Home Inspectors Association. They definitely do not represent the average home inspector.

After the testimony is when things got interesting. Representative Jim Hughes then moved to make an amendment of the bill to prohibit any entity who was not an accredited college from offering education for pre-licensing. I'm not sure if this affects continuing education or not. This is a provision that Hondros College advocated for during testimony. This would effectively lock out Kaplan/ITA and AHIT from competing with Hondros in Ohio. This certainly was not discussed or necessarily picked up upon by the committee members as no one objected.

The next attempted amendment was made by Representative Jennifer Brady. Representative Brady felt that the true issue for consumers had to do with the conflict of interest between real estate agents and home inspectors. This would have prohibited real estate agents from directly recommending home inspectors. A motion was immediately made to table this amendment. The Democrats voted not to table it but the Republicans won the day. The Realtor Interests on the committee weren't going to let that happen. The amended bill then went up for a vote to send it on to the house. I lost count of the role count but the Democrats did not support the bill and the Republicans won the day.

Certainly when you talk about politics you have to talk about special interests and lobbyists. There is no doubt that the franchises (AHIA), HONDROS and the OAR got their way. The Ohio Association of Realtors Lobbyist was frequently seen chatting with the Republicans during the break. What was said was anyone's guess but there is no doubt they wanted this to go through. It seemed that the special interests voices were heard and the average home inspectors concerns were of little interest to many of the committee members.

That said this version of the bill is certainly better than what was initially introduced. At least there is a home inspector board and a minimum of 40 hours of education. It aint over yet. Stay tuned.

April 4, 2008

It is confirmed. On Tuesday April 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. there will be a vote on HB 257. One provision that is giving some inspectors some problems is the provision that home inspectors can do home repairs on homes that they inspect as long as it is after closing. This practice is a violation of both the ASHI and NAHI Code of Ethics. It would allow home improvement contractors to use the home inspection as a springboard for more lucrative repair work. Time is of the essence. If you would like to voice your opinion, follow the links to the members of the Commerce and Labor Committee at the bottom of this page. After Tuesday it will be too late.

April 1, 2008

A new substitute bill was introduced today by representative Schnieder. Click here 127_LB_0207_7[1] for a copy. This bill creates a home inspector board under the Ohio Division of Real Estate. Hondros College gave testimony as to why education should be limited to accredited colleges. Opponent testimony was also given as to why home inspection legislation is not neccessary based on actual consumer complaints Opponent_040108. The testimony also pointed out how this program will create a larger state budget defecit. Chairman Brinkman indicated that there would likely be a vote next week on April 8, 2008. If you oppose or support this bill go to the bottom of the page and contact the members of the committee. If this gets voted out of the Commerce and Labor Committee it will go to the floor of the House for a vote.

March 30, 2008

I don't normally put much faith in rumors but this one turned out to be right on. There is a hearing and possible sub-bill scheduled for Tuesday March 31, 1:00 p.m. at the state house. Look for the details here.

March 23, 2008

Rumor has it that another substitute bill is to be introduced by Representative Schneider. This may be the product of interested party meetings. No hearings have yet been heard on the last substitute bill. Stay tuned.

February 1, 2008

A substitute bill was introduced by Representative Michelle Schnieder on January 15, 2008. It was voted into committee but has not had any hearings yet. Click on this link to read the substitute bill. 127_LB_0257_4 The changes now allow for 40 hours of education. Interestingly enough home inspectors will be allowed to perform repairs on the homes that they inspect as long as it is after closing. This practice is prohibited by the ASHI Code of Ethics and is considered to be a conflict of interest. Here is a link to a comparison of the two bills. HB 257 Comparative Synopsis. The changes aren't all bad but they do not go far enough. Fortunately the term "Certified Inspector" has been removed. There is still no home inspector advisory board and now it is up to the Superintendent of Real Estate to create the Standards of Practice. I wonder how that will be done with no home inspectors involved?

It is interesting to note that the fiscal analysis of the bill which can be viewed at http://www.lbo.state.oh.us/fiscal/fiscalnotes/127ga/HB0257IN.htm Shows that this licensing law will cost Ohio taxpayers $498,000/year in expenses. Anticipated revenue is $160,000 in the first year and only $40,000 in the second year. Do the math given Ohio's budget problems and the fact that Governor Strickland is calling for $773 million in cuts perhaps the future of HB 257 is looking questionable. No doubt this has been put on the back burner for now but it could be up for hearings again at anytime.

January 14, 2008

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday January 15, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. A possible substitue bill is listed on the agenda. Stay tuned.

October 30, 2007

Today was the 4th hearing on HB 257 for proponents/opponents/ interested parties. I apologize for not posting after the October 22 opponent testimony. Numerous testimonies were given today. I will be updating with the copies that I have. Unfortunately not all were available in writing at the hearing. The first testimony was given by a homebuyer who got a bad inspection and is currently in litigation. She testified that HB 257 should be made stricter to protect the consumer from incompetent inspectors. It was interesting that the legislators took note of the fact that her real estate agent was a dual agent and had a conflict of interest recommending an inspector who would go easy on the house. Second to testify was a representative of AHIA the franchise home inspection association. She testified that the bill needed to have an education component and should not be called a "certification bill" when it is indeed licensing. Third was a representative from Hondros college who testified about the need for an education component. There were also questions from the committee on the conflict of interest between real estate agents and home inspectors. I sense that there is an interest in separating agents from inspectors, a good thing IMO.

Next up were the JLC members who were in favor of the bill as written. Bill Kozusco NAHI member and Steve Verssen primary architect of HB 257. Verssen conceded that the education requirements of HB 257 needed improvement. He stated that he also didn't care if the administration took place under the Ohio Division of Real Estate or not. Verssen indicated that HB 257 was written to be acceptable to legislators with minimal government and low requirements so as not to restrict trade. Verssen is a specialty inspector with experience in the areas of EIFS, Brick Veneer and Windows. He gave the impression that licensing home inspectors would help to prevent the occurrence of these types of failures. Few non home inspectors would understand that these types of issues are generally latent and concealed defects which would not be discovered during a visual inspection unless conditions were so extreme as to be noticeable. Inspectors simply cannot be responsible for uncovering hidden mold growing in walls due to failed cultured stone. Verssen was questioned by a committee member about whether these defects in new construction were the jurisdiction of new construction municipal inspectors. This was an astute question and shows the difference between new construction code compliance and verification of proper installation of materials and what most general home inspections of existing homes require which is the subject of HB 257. The chairman of the committee was concerned that there was no distinction in training for older homes and newer homes. Another representative questioned whether 10 parallel inspections would merely be 10 similar houses with no defects.

It appears that this Commerce and Labor Committee is thinking a bit differently than last session's and wanted to see stronger education requirements. It is becoming clear that the committee is interested in producing legislation this session. The question is what type of requirements will they endorse.

Hearings are over for now with no clear indication on where HB 257 is going. The JLC will have to make some changes and take into account the input from the interested parties and the opinions of the committee. It is possible that if an acceptable rewrite is not forthcoming from the JLC that a member of the Commerce and Labor Committee could amend the bill.

October 16, 2007

Today proponent testimony was held for HB 257. JLC leaders Howard Snyder, Tim Stull and Tom Capuano testified before the Commerce and Labor Committee. (Click here to view copy) There were few questions by any of the committee members and they were all thanked for their testimony. One State Representative asked why the education requirements in the bill were so minimal. Howard Snyder responded that he felt that education should not be required in the bill because market forces would decide where education would be obtained. Howard Snyder, one of the primary framers of HB 257 is admittedly not a home inspector and has never performed a home inspection. He currently makes his living as the paid executive director of the Ohio ASHI Chapter.

Tim Stull, Ohio ASHI member and member of the JLC, testified that to "avoid the bureaucracy and cost that a state board would create, House Bill 257 has been crafted to give authority to the Superintendent of Real Estate and Professional Licensing in the Department of Commerce to directly administer the certification of home inspectors in Ohio." It amazes me that the JLC and our Ohio legislators are willing to sell home inspectors rights down the river just to avoid more government. The real estate agents, appraisers and cemeteries within the same department all have boards to assure that complaints are administered in a fair manner but this has to be given up by home inspectors. Even the Feasibility Study to License Home Inspectors stated that any sound legislation needs an independent board which should not be housed in the Division of Real Estate. It amazes me that our tax dollars went to fund a 140 page study whose recommendation have not even been followed.

Tom Capuano who in addition to being part of the JLC is also president of the Ohio NAHI Chapter. He stated that the NAHI chapter has approximately 70 members who all support regulation of home inspectors. It is hard to believe that every last one of them support regulation of home inspectors and HB 257.

There is an opponent hearing scheduled for Tuesday October 23 at 1:00 p.m. room 114 of the State House.

October 9, 2007

Today's hearing was scheduled to take place after the House legislative session. Things ran way over and the hearing was canceled. I would guess that they will pick up again next week. Stay tuned for developments.

October 4, 2007

A proponent hearing is set for HB 257 1:00 p.m. Tuesday October 9, 2007 at the State House. This is when those who are for the bill testify before the commerce and labor committee

June 27, 2007

An uneventful sponsorship testimony took place at the state house. The hearing was postponed for 2 1/2 hours due to the legislative session. The sponsorship testimony is when the bill's sponsor gives testimony as to why they are introducing the bill. Representative Michelle Schneider was not there and had her legislative assistant give the testimony. There were no questions and it was fairly uneventful. I didn't see any members of the JLC there but their lobbyist representatives were present. A few home inspectors did show up.

I spoke with a source at the state house who said that the Realtors would like to see licensing happen. They want to be able to see home inspectors who write "bad reports" disciplined. They don't care what the standards are just so long as there is the ability to control "bad inspectors". The Realtors are not the primary drivers of this legislation. It is the JLC. They are under the impression that Ohio ASHI and Ohio NAHI support this bill and were surprised to find out that many individual ASHI and NAHI members do not support the bill. This is the spin that they are getting from the JLC's lobbyist.

I spoke with a NAHI member who supports licensing as a concept but did not support what the Ohio NAHI chapter has done. He felt that they should have a bill that sets higher standards. He also objected to having inspectors under the Superintendent of Real Estate and thought that the 8 hours of education is way too low.

I have received comments from numerous ASHI and NAHI members who do not feel that the chapters have handled this properly. The Ohio ASHI Chapter Board of Directors sets the direction for the chapter. They feel that their "authority" actually makes it unnecessary to get input from their membership. This type of leadership is backward. The Board of Directors should be doing the will of their members not taking a "we know what's best for our members" attitude.

The legislature is breaking for summer and it is unlikely that any further hearings will take place until September. The next hearings will receive proponent and opponent testimony. This is when those for and against HB 257 can voice their concerns to the Commerce and Labor Committee.

I would like to thank everyone for their support and you will continue to be updated.


Home Inspector Licensing Hits Ohio Again in the New Legislative Session

Once again the group of inspectors formed out of Ohio ASHI and Ohio NAHI leadership has rewritten last years HB 427. Now after a new face lift it is titled HB 257. Once again this has been introduced in the new session by Representative Michelle Schneider of Cincinnati.View copy of HB 257 Representative Michelle SchneiderUnfortunately with each revision the bill gets weaker and weaker lowering the bar even more than the previous bills as well as our neighbors West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana.

What is the effect of licensing in other states?

The problems with this bill are numerous but the example of what happened in Illinois is most instructive. The Illinois licensing law requires 60 hours of classroom instruction (compare that with 8 hours in HB 257). You must be 21 years of age and pass a licensing exam. Illinois has a similar population to Ohio at approximately 12,000,000. Prior to licensing there were approximately 500 inspectors in Illinois. After licensing there are 3000 licensed inspectors. Is this what we want for Ohio?

How will this affect my established home inspection business?

As an established inspector you've worked hard to create a strong reputation. You tell your clients that experience and high standards mean something. Unfortunately after inspectors are "certified" high standards will mean nothing. The public believes that all certified inspectors are giving the same level of service. The only concern that they will have will be who is the cheapest. Local real estate "diploma mills" are already cranking out minimally qualified inspectors. Two major trainers in Ohio at this time are graduating more than 700 inspectors per year. Soon they will be offering cheap "state certification programs" and the numbers will soar.

Why are my fellow inspectors trying to get me licensed?

It seems that a group of inspectors composed of selected leaders from Ohio ASHI and Ohio NAHI calling themselves the "JLC (Joint Legislative Commission)" are claiming that they have the support of the Ohio Chapter of ASHI and the Ohio Chapter of NAHI to move forward with this bill. That is what they have told state legislators. Members of Ohio ASHI have heard virtually nothing about their intentions to introduce a bill this session. There has been no open discussion amongst inspectors. Why should the "JLC" decide what's best for you in Ohio? They claim that they have kept their membership informed. I would ask you, my fellow inspectors, did you have any idea what was in this bill? Did anyone inform you that decisions about your livelihood were being made by this group?

Does Ohio really need licensing?

The Ohio Division of Real Estate recently completed a study outlining the results of licensing in other states. Home Inspector Licensure Feasibility Study for the State of Ohio The study concludes that "the data do not support the notion that an extensive licensing program directly affects home inspectors' qualifications". The truth is that licensing will not raise the standards of the industry in Ohio but will do the opposite creating a weak certification credential.

Who will really benefit by HB 257?

The real beneficiaries of this bill will be the Realtors and real estate education providers. Anyone who has been inspecting for any length of time knows that there is a clear conflict of interest between the Realtor and the home inspector. The agent is paid on commission and if an inspector "kills the deal" it jeopardizes the agent's commission. HB 257 places the home inspector under the Superintendent of Real Estate. There is no home inspector board and no home inspector representation. Real Estate administrators will be in charge not only of disciplinary matters but will set the agenda for who can provide education. This bill does not provide for a local ASHI, NAHI or NACHI chapter to provide continuing education. HB 257 states that only persons who earn the majority of their income from education can provide education. Home inspectors have always been a "thorn in the side" to the Realtors. Now we will be under their control.

"Any Law is Better Than No Law"

Some have said that licensing is inevitable in Ohio. That may be true but the question is what kind of licensing do you support? Apathy toward licensing is rampant amongst the inspector community. If that were not the case we would not be where we are at this time. Do you support a low bar bill that will equalize the playing field turning your skill and expertise into a commodity for sale at the lowest price? If the answer is no you must take action. If you have read the bill and support it then that is fine. But if you don't support it rather than lie back and let it happen you must contact the state representatives who will decide your fate.

What happens from here?

When a bill is introduced into the Ohio House of Representatives it is then sent to a committee for further study and review. In the committee the bill may be voted up, down or just die. It could also be amended into something substantially different. Generally a series of hearings take place with proponent and opponent testimony. If the bill makes it out of committee it goes to the floor of the house for a vote. If it passes the house it then goes to the Senate where the process is repeated. Upon passage of the Senate it goes to the Governor for signature.

What should I do?

If you oppose the bill you need to contact the members of the commerce committee and voice your opinion. When hearings take place you have the right to testify in front of the committee and give your opinion of the bill, for or against? If you oppose this bill you must make your voice heard. Below is a list of important contacts and their email addresses. Click on the links below to contact them. Call them or fax them if you would like. Feel free to cut and paste these comments into an email or write your own words.

Dear State Representative:
I would like to contact you regarding HB 257 for the licensing of home inspectors in Ohio. I am a home inspector who earns my living
in Ohio and do not support HB 257. This bill is poor for consumers and the industry. There is no need for needless governmental regulation in an industry with few problems. The framers of this bill did not get input from the inspection community and do not represent me. I would ask that you and the members of the Commerce and Labor Committee vote NO on HB 257.

Other important contacts are ohioinspectorlicensing.com inspector@ohioinspectorlicensing.com
Ohio ASHI Chapter OHASHI@neo.rr.com
North Central Ohio ASHI Chapter NCOASHI@aol.com
Ohio NAHI Chapter tcapuano@fuse.net

Commerce and Labor Committee

Michelle G. Schneider (R)
Sponsor
77 S. High St. 14 Floor Columbus OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6023
Fax : (614) 719-3589
district35@ohr.state.oh.us
Tom Brinkman, Jr. (R) Chair 77 S. High St. 11 Floor Columbus OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 644-6886
Fax : (614) 719-3588
district34@ohr.state.oh.us
Kenny Yuko (D)
77 S. High St 11th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-8012
Fax : (614) 719-0007
district07@ohr.state.oh.us
Joseph W. Uecker (R) 77 S. High St 11th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-8134
Fax : (614) 719-3966
district66@ohr.state.oh.us
Jennifer Brady (D)
77 S. High St 10th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Telephone: (614) 466-0961
Fax : (614) 719-3998
district16@ohr.state.oh.us
John Adams (R)

77 S. High St 12th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Telephone: (614) 466-1507
Fax : (614) 719-3978
district78@ohr.state.oh.us
Dan Stewart (D)
77 S. High St 10th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Telephone: (614) 466-1896
Fax : (614) 719-6964
district25@ohr.state.oh.us
Thom Collier (R)

77 S. High St 13th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-1431
Fax : (614) 719-6990
district90@ohr.state.oh.us
L. George Distel (D)
77 S. High St 10th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-1405
Fax : (614) 719-6999
district99@ohr.state.oh.us
Courtney Eric Combs (R) 77 S. High St 12th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-8147
Fax : (614) 719-6983
district54@ohr.state.oh.us
Vernon Sykes (D)
77 S. High St 11th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-3100
Fax : (614) 719-6944
district44@ohr.state.oh.us
Jim Hughes (R) 77 S. High St 13th Floor Columbus, OH 43215-6111 Telephone: (614) 466-2473
Fax : (614) 719-6961
district22@ohr.state.oh.us
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