McCabe bill to help lower costs to manufacturers for factory built housing passes House

Last week, the state House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Gina McCabe that will help lower inspection costs for some manufacturers.

House Bill 2821 would allow the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to delegate its inspection duties related to factory built housing and commercial structures to other qualified inspection agencies. Currently, L&I conducts inspections at factories where the manufactured entities are produced to ensure standards are met. Manufacturers bear 100 percent of the costs for the inspection. L&I inspects roughly 1,600 units a year.

During public testimony on the bill in January, representatives from L&I told members of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee inspections were currently taking place in Poland at a factory producing units that will be used on the sixth floor of a Seattle hotel. The factory portion of the inspection will take roughly four months and will require the continual presence of one inspector.

“Think about all of the costs associated with getting an inspector over to Poland and having to wait at least four months before they're able to get their products to customers, and how much that inefficient process affects the final price to consumers,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “House Bill 2821 aims to make the inspection process more efficient and cost effective, and ultimately allow manufacturers to charge less for the manufactured entity.”

The bill now advances to the Senate for further consideration.

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