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Act would repeal mold inspector licensing requirements

By: 4 March 2011 3 Comments


As I mentioned yesterday, we at First Arkansas News don’t have the time or resources to provide that full-blanket legislative coverage that some people crave.

Still, there are some laws the Arkansas Legislature is covering that have caught our attention. One of them likely flew under the radar a bit — HB1171. Click the link if you want to read it, but that bill — if passed — will simply repeal the mold investigator licensing act.

Why is the Legislature taking a look a this? Bob Balhorn — lobbyist for the Arkansas Pest Management Association — said his group took exception to the requirement that all licensed mold inspectors are required to complete 20 hours of college-level microbiology courses.

Balhorn’s take on the whole issue is straightforward in that he says you don’t need to be a microbiologist to effectively spot mold. It appears that the state House agrees with him as that group passed the bill on Feb. 24. The legislation is pending before a Senate subcommittee.

Should the measure pass,we’ll let you know.


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  • Safe Homes said:

    That is an interesting update. They are still keeping their law here in Fl. Thanks for the update.

  • AB Mold Remediation NJ said:

    Same here in NJ. Although I think its a good thing, we need more educated inspectors out there if you know what I mean 😉

  • Kristi said:

    I think it is great that there are licensing requirements for mold inspectors. You see, mold nspection is a very important job – qualified mold inspectors not only diagnose and detect large issues related to duct odors, building pressures, toxic black mold, etc but they need to know proper protocol for eliminating these dancgers and issues too. In addition they must be specially trained and have field experience too. By requiring that they undergo rigorous training can only help! I’m for this type of licensing and highly recommend it!

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