Alliance Opposes Texas Mold Remediation Bill
January 23, 2003
The Alliance of American Insurers announced its opposition to HB 329, a bill
introduced into the Texas House of Representatives that would create the Mold
Assessors and Remediators Act. The act would establish regulations for mold
remediation and provide educational and licensing requirements for individuals
engaged in mold remediation.
"While supporters of this legislation argue that licensing remediators
will minimize fraud and incompetent work by remediators, the Alliance opposes
licensing on the grounds that licensing criteria are limited by deficiencies
in the science which inhibits a clear understanding of remediation," said
Kirk Hansen, Alliance director of claims.
According to the Alliance, the bill would amend the Occupations Code by adding
a new chapter, Mold Assessors and Remediators. Under the bill, the Texas Department
of Health would provide statewide educational and outreach programs comprising
of methods to recognize, prevent and mitigate mold occurrence. In addition,
the Department would establish standards for conducting mold assessment or remediation
in the state, and perform inspections to ensure compliance.
Rules would be adopted to create minimum requirements for a license, including
the type, term, qualifications, renewal and liability insurance requirements.
Under the licensing requirements, the Department would also require the individual
to pass a competency examination and continue education courses.
The Alliance believes there is a strong probability that a bill licensing
mold remediation will pass the legislature this session. Another bill, SB 129,
was introduced this legislative session that also establishes procedures and
regulations for mold remediation.
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