Archive for May, 2011

NORMI Approved for FL Home Inspector Board Training

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Abita Springs, LA 05/16/11

Effective immediately, NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, has been approved as a State Training Provider for the Florida DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) Home Inspectors Board. This will enable NORMI to begin offering building science, mold inspection and other types of courses specifically designed to help home inspectors be more effective in their analysis of building problems.

“This is a big day for NORMI,” said Executive Director Doug Hoffman, “because we have continued to grow our credibility every time a government board recognizes the value of what we do. There is no ‘national credibility board’ and so it is important for us when States like Florida approve our training and certification. It’s why we are able to then pass on our credibility to our members who need to set themselves apart from all the guys in the marketplace who are NOT certified, trained or licensed.”

The Florida Home Inspector Board was formed in July, 2010 to facilitate the licensing of Home Inspectors in the State of Florida. There are now specific requirements in place to assure that those who are representing themselves are “qualified” have, in fact, met insurance, training, experience and certification requirements. Though there was an effort to deregulate this industry, the legislation stands and Home Inspectors must now take continuing education credits every two years to keep their licensing current.

For more information on NORMI, email support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296. For classes which might qualify for CEUs, go to www.BestTrainingSchool.com or call 888.856.4803

Window World to pay $40,000 for Lead-Based Paint Violations

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Window World of St. Louis Inc. has agreed to pay a $19,529 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it failed to notify owners and occupants of at least 20 St. Louis-area residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks prior to performing renovation work at those locations.

The window replacement company, located in Maryland Heights, was legally required to provide owners and residents of the properties with a regulator-approved lead hazard information pamphlet before starting renovations at the properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The regulation is intended to protect owners and occupants of residential properties, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978 from health risks associated with lead-based paint, EPA officials said.

As part of its settlement with EPA, and in addition to paying the $19,529 civil penalty, Window World of St. Louis also has agreed to spend an estimated $20,048 to replace a total of 73 old windows contaminated with lead paint at three group homes operated by the nonprofit social services organization Youth in Need. Those facilities are located at 1420 N. Third St., 516 Jefferson St. and 529 Jefferson St. in St. Charles, Mo.

Lead-based paint was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978. Most homes built before 1978 contain some amount of lead-based paint, and subsequent renovation activity of such properties can cause occupants to be exposed to dust, chips and debris that contain lead.

REPRINTED FROM: St. Louis Business Journal
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:27am CDT – Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:46am CDT

Florida HB 5007 FAILS Senate

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

This is a reprint from the MiamiHerald

TALLAHASSEE — The final hours of Florida’s 2011 legislative session spiraled into chaos that stretched until 3:35 a.m. Saturday. Here’s what happened:

6:10 p.m. Friday

Republican Sens. Ronda Storms of Valrico and Paula Dockery of Lakeland complain about the overwhelming number of last-minute budget conforming bills. Rules chairman John Thrasher of St. Augustine rebukes them, saying they can complain about the process “all night” but it would be pointless. After the exchange, Dockery tweets: “In all my 15 yrs in the Legislature, I have never seen conforming bills handled like this. I can’t read fast enough.”

9:51 p.m.

HB 5005, a controversial budget-conforming bill never vetted by senators that would deregulate interior designers and several other professions, comes up for consideration. Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, suggests the Senate oppose it.

“We need to send a message back to the House. Don’t send us bills we’ve had no chance to discuss,” he says. “Don’t come around the back door and expect us to swallow it.”

The bill fails by a vote of 32 to 6, with only Senate leaders voting for it.

“Leadership went down on that,” Senate President Mike Haridopolos says.

10:06 p.m.

Senate votes 21 to 18 against HB 5007, another deregulation measure included in a conforming bill that, among other things, lessens educational requirements for mold assessors.

10:30 p.m.

Senate tries to kill a third conforming bill, HB 5305, which would eliminate some jobs in state correctional institutions.

Seeing it about to fail, Haridopolos postpones the vote. It passes an hour later, 26 to 13.

10:30 p.m.

Senate begins debating budget.

11:15 p.m.

With House in recess, Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, plays the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and Help for Democrats in the back corner of the chamber.

11:20 p.m.

Senate passes state budget, 31 to 8.

11:30 p.m.

House starts rejecting Senate conforming bills. Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, tells representatives to vote down SB 2134, which sets procurement rules for the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

It fails by unanimous vote.

Chamber erupts into cheers and shouts of, “It’s us versus the Senate.” One House member yells: “Do it again to them, do it again!” during vote on SB 2100, requiring that state employees contribute 3 percent of pay to pensions. Bill passes by vote of 80 to 39.

11:43 p.m.

Senate unanimously votes to extend the 60-day session until 6 p.m. Saturday.

11:52 p.m.

House votes to extend session.

Midnight

The session extension begins and rules allow lawmakers to consider only bills related to the budget. That means other measures still on hold are dead, including compensation packages for a man paralyzed when a sheriff’s deputy rammed into his car, and a man wrongfully incarcerated for 27 years.

With the House in recess, Europe’s The Final Countdown plays on the public address system.

1 a.m.

Haridopolos sends senators home and says he will sleep in his office while he waits for the House to approve HB 143, which provides $126 million in tax cuts.

1:17 a.m.

Eyes filled with tears, Haridopolos tells an office full of reporters: “I’ve done everything in my power to make sure we didn’t go in a ditch, even though people weren’t saying the nicest things about us.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/07/2206607/the-legislatures-final-chaotic.html#ixzz1LoL9Kjkm