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					                   Maryland Home Improvement Commission
                       Public Business Meeting Minutes
Date:                          May 6, 2010

Time:                          10:00 a.m.

Place:                         500 N. Calvert Street
                               Baltimore, Maryland 21202

MEMBERS PRESENT:               John Borz, Chairman
                               Marilyn Jumalon
                               Rossana Marsh
                               Andrew Snyder
                               Joseph Tunney
                               I. Jean White

MEMBERS ABSENT:                James Chiracol

OTHERS PRESENT:                Gina Hoffman, PSI Representative
                               Joel Jacobson, Assistant Attorney General
                               Helen Johnson, Assistant Executive Director
                               Kimberly Rosenthal, Administrative Officer
                               Steven Smitson, Executive Director

                                      Call to Order

         The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m.


         The Minutes of the April 1, 2010 meeting were approved.
                                   Examination Results

 Below is the examination statistics summary for the month of April 2010.

                                              Tested      Passed   Failed    Pass %
 Contractor                                          180      113         67      63%
 Subcontractor                                         14        9         5      64%
 Salesperson                                           57       43        14      75%
 TOTAL                                                251        165          86       66%

                                      Guaranty Fund

       The Guaranty Fund balance for March 31, 2010 is $866,347.24. The new
assessment fee of $150 for a license renewal went into effect on May 1, 2010.

                           PSI Representative Gina Hoffman

        Gina Hoffman, Test Development Specialist, from PSI presented an overview of
the passage rates for the contractor, subcontractor, and salesperson exams over the last
three years. The Commission reviewed the first time pass rates, the repeat failures and
the repeats passers. From July 2009 through April 2010, 2,497 candidates have tested.

       Mr. Borz questioned whether PSI could change its policy to require an individual
to purchase the book and register for the exam. Ms. Hoffman agreed to provide an
answer to the Commission before next month’s meeting.

                                    Legislative Update

       HB 409 passed the House and Senate and is waiting to be signed into law by the
Governor. This bill will prohibit the Maryland Home Improvement Commission from
making an award from the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund in excess of the amount
paid by or on behalf of the claimant to the contractor against whom the claim is filed.

                                     Mediation Project

        Mr. Smitson reported that the Department has applied to receive a grant in conjunction
with the University of Maryland Baltimore County to fund 4 mediators to work this summer on
home improvement cases. The goal will be to refer 100 complaints and Guaranty Fund claims for

      The meeting was adjourned at 10:38 a.m.

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John Borz, Chairman                             Steven Smitson, Executive Director