Three states have been making changes that will affect indoor environmental professionals. The three states are Virginia, Georgia, and Michigan. Read below to learn what each state has been doing to change IAQ Policies.
New laws are affecting individuals and businesses regulated by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). The Senate Bill 1375 creates a licensure program focused on residential building energy analysts. Recommendations to improve energy consumption and efficiency will be mandatory to receive a licensure issued by the Virginia Board for Contractors.
The Qualifications for licensure are under development by the board. The new developments of the regulatory process can be followed through the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website.
As for HB 1610 and SB 942, these policies require disclosure about defective imported Chinese drywall in real estate transactions. Any real estate licensees with real knowledge of defective drywall and fail to disclose this knowledge will be subject to disciplinary action by the board of Real Estate.
The state of Georgia now has the authority to administer and enforce EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program. The EPA appreciates the leadership Georgia is demonstrating by protecting children from being exposed to lead based paint.
The RRP program mandates that contractors, property managers and people working for compensation in both homes and child occupied facilities.
The Department of Treasury in Michigan has made its smoke free air law increase sales tax from 2.73% to 2.84% in taverns with beer and wine only, nightclubs, family restaurants, cafeterias and fast food pizza. Taverns with liquor are seeing 1.57% decrease in year over year sales tax collections. Taverns with beer and wine only have seen 1.54% increase since May.
For information on IAQ policies in these three states, read this article from Ieconnections.com.
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