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  • Writer's pictureCorey Provencal

Arkansas Legislature Retooled Mold Bill

LITTLE ROCK — The sponsor of a bill to repeal the state Mold Investigator Licensing Act said Wednesday he will amend the bill to propose modifying the act rather than repealing it.

Rep. Mike Patterson, D-Piggott, presented House Bill 1171 in the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee but pulled it down after several people testified for and against the measure. He said he hopes to bring an amended version of the bill back to the committee next week.

The current law requires a licensed mold inspector to be a certified industrial hygienist, a certified microbial consultant or complete at least 20 hours of college-level microbiology. It allows only licensed mold inspectors to inspect homes for mold.

Patterson and supporters of HB 1171 say the law prevents home inspectors who are not licensed mold inspectors from providing a valuable service to home buyers and owners. Opponents of Patterson’s bill say mold inspections are too important to be done by people without proper training.

Patterson told reporters he will work with people on both sides of the issue to amend the bill, but if a compromise cannot be reached he will bring the bill back as-is.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC •Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant •Microshield Environmental Services, LLC

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