New windstorm rules drive Texas engineers away


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of engineers have dropped out of a windstorm certification program following legislative changes to become certified by the Texas Department of Insurance.

More than 900 engineers took part last year. That dropped to about 200 as of Feb. 15.

The new law says engineers must take an online course to renew or gain windstorm certification.

Engineers say that's unnecessary because they are already licensed professionals. Engineers also complained about lengthy and costly audits by state regulators.

Department spokesman Jerry Haggins says the process helps make sure engineers are complying. Regulators have found instances where engineers certified noncompliant work.

Structures need to be windstorm certified in order to be insured by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to get financing.

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