APLS is taking action on the following legislation that affects the land surveying profession.
HB 2589 - Opposed
HB 2589, in its current form would defeat the purpose of the statute (ARS 11-831) and set up the possibility of allowing land splits and building permits on land that does not meet minimum applicable zoning requirements. The HB also creates a ‘buyer beware’ option which is not good public policy. Requiring a survey be conducted for the parcel to be split is necessary for staff review to determine that the size and configuration of resulting parcels meet minimum applicable zoning requirements.
In addition to contacting your Legislator, also contact the bill Sponsor, Gail Griffin, and the Speaker of the House, Rusty Bowers.
SB 1274 - Opposed Unless Amended
SB 1274 changes the composition of the Board of Technical Registration (BTR). Currently, the BTR consists of one public member and 8 professionals representing the professions the BTR regulates: Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Geologists, and Land Surveyors. SB 1274 creates a public majority on the BTR but does not guarantee a member from each profession.
As the BTR is in place to protect the public, APLS is not opposed to a majority of public members, however, it is imperative that the BTR maintain at least one representive from each profession that it regulates.
Creating a board with a majority of public members is ideal for transparency and public protection, however, in order to make informed decisions regarding the complex issues of technical professions requires the knowledge and insight of a licensed professional. A disservice would be done to the public by not maintaining at least one licensee from each profession regulated by the BTR.
In addition to contacting your Legislator, also contact the members of the Senate Commerce Committee, (bill has been assigned to this committee), the bill Sponsor, Michelle Ugenti-Rita (also the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee), and the Senate President, Karen Fann.