A measure that would save taxpayer money by allowing inspections of factory-built housing and commercial structures built out of state to be performed by inspectors other than the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)passed the House of Representatives unanimously Thursday.
Rep. Gina Mosbrucker who authored House Bill 1486 says L&I, which regulates factory-assembled structures, such as mobile homes, manufactured homes, recreational vehicles, factory-built housing and commercial structures, has been sending its inspectors overseas for months at a time at significant taxpayer expense.
“Unfortunately, there are not enough manufacturing plants in Washington state to meet the demand for portable school structures, manufactured homes and other mobile structures. Many of these buildings are constructed out of state and even overseas,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale. “It’s costly to send L&I inspectors to overseas locations for up to six months at a time. So this bill would allow L&I to delegate its inspection duties to a qualified inspection agency that is closer to where these structures are built.”
Mosbrucker said it would be a more cost-efficient way to assure standards are met. Ultimately, she says, consumers would benefit. She sponsored the bill at the request of the agency.
The measure passed the House, 96-0, with two excused. It has been referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee for further consideration.