Indiana may become the second state to develop standards for toxic mold exposure.

Democratic Rep. Brain Hasler and Republican Rep. Phillip D. Hinkle introduced House Bill 1253, which would create a task force of mold experts to work with state health officials in developing toxic mold exposure standards in various public facilities.

Last year California became the first state to adopt toxic mold standards. The Toxic Mold Protection Act, SB 732, was passed with the intention of protecting the public from adverse health effects related to mold in residential and commercial properties. A related bill, AB284, requires that the California Research Bureau conducted a comprehensive study on health problems associated with toxic mold.

The Indiana bill is expected to be heard this session.