Dear Fellow ASPE members,

This month I have chosen to bring a few bills that have been introduced to your attention and raise awareness of what is being pushed through legislature. The bills being introduced to the Legislature of the State of Arizona are SB1274 and SB 1298. Below are excerpts of the bills that directly relate to our industry.


SB1274 revises the number of board members that serve on State Board of Technical Registration from 2 Architects & 3 Professional Engineers to 4 Licensed Professionals and 5 public members which changes the majority vote.


AMENDING SECTIONS 32-102, 32-302, 32-502, 32-702, 32-1302 AND 32-4202, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL REGULATORY BOARDS.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona: Section 1. Section 32-102, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
32-102. State board of technical registration; members; vacancies; terms
A. The state board of technical registration is established consisting of members who are appointed by the governor as follows:
1. FOUR MEMBERS WHO ARE ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, GEOLOGISTS OR LAND SURVEYORS. NOT MORE THAN ONE OF THESE MEMBERS MAY BE OF THE SAME PROFESSION REGULATED BY THIS CHAPTER.
2. FIVE public member MEMBERS.
B. On the expiration of any of the terms, a successor who is qualified pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be appointed for a full term of three years. The governor may remove a member of the board for misconduct, incapacity or neglect of duty. Appointment to fill a vacancy caused other than by expiration of term shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.

SB1298 directly relates to our industry by revising the definition of “Engineering Practice”.
AMENDING SECTION 32-101, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO THE BOARD OF TECHNICAL REGISTRATION.


11. "Engineering practice" means any professional service or creative work to as consultation, research investigation, evaluation, planning, surveying as defined in paragraph 22, subdivisions (d) and (e) of this subsection, design, location, development, and review of construction for conformance with contract documents and design, in connection with any public or private utility, structure, building, machine, equipment, process, work or project TO THE EXTENT THAT THE ENGINEERING EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS PRESCRIBED BY SECTIONS 32-122 AND 32-122.01 AND THE APPLICATION OF SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELFARE. Such services and work include plans and designs relating to the location, development, mining and treatment of ore and other minerals.  A person employed on a full-time basis as an engineer by an employer engaged in the business of developing, mining and treating ores and other minerals shall not be deemed to be practicing engineering for the purposes of this chapter if the person engages in the practice of engineering exclusively for and as an employee of such employer and does not represent that the person is available and is not represented as being available to perform any engineering services for persons other than the person's employer.
With the excerpts from said bills above I would like to encourage everyone to read through the bills in their entirety and see the what has been added and removed. I would also like to recommend that you reach out to your local representative with any concerns you may have. I have added links directly to the bills as well as a link to seek out your local representative if you’re unaware of who they are below:
SB 1274
SB 1274 Fact Sheet
SB 1298
https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/

Special thanks to CHRISTOPH LOHR PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, NITC 6020 for bringing this information to my attention.

D A N I E L  B E R N S T E I N – Phoenix Chapter ASPE V.P.L.
Plumbing Designer
Southland Industries
1500 N. Priest Drive, Suite 114
Tempe, AZ 85281
Office # 480-425-1020 
Mobile # 602-291-7391
southlandeng.com

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