I have a call into the Governor’s office (her staff liaison for this bill) to discuss it this afternoon. Our lobbyist, TK Bentler, and I have discussed this topic and what I need to find out about what the Governor will need/want about this bill, so I can coordinate providing it to her. I also have a broadcast email ready to send out to all our chapter reps and to all appraisers on our email list. However, a statewide action call to contact the Governor to support this bill, through AI, would be good, too, especially if you can assist with links and formatting and such…
Here is draft sample message to consider sending (thanks to Dave Towne for drafting! – with minor editing by me…):
Dear Governor Gregoire:
I am writing to request your full support of ESHB 3040 relating to the licensing of Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) when it is presented for your signature.
This bill has had overwhelming majority approval from both the House and Senate, and is the result of an extensive effort on the part of all stakeholders involved, including appraisers, AMCs, the WA Realtors, and various other mortgage professionals.
This bill is important to all appraisers and consumers in WA State so that Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) can be licensed and regulated in order to ensure proper business practices and appraiser independence. A number of AMCs have engaged in negative business practices in this state already, impacting many WA State appraisers.
It is important that the entire bill be ratified by you.
Thank you for your support.