Saturday, February 13, 2016

Geologists opposed to de-licensing of profession

The Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists held their annual business meeting in Tucson this morning, with most of the Board of Directors of the national AIPG in attendance.   Much of the discussion centered around the proposed legislation to eliminate geologists as a registered profession in Arizona (HB2613).     Representatives from other professional associations, industry, and the Association of State Boards of Geology were also present.

Arizona was the first state in the country to provide registration of geologists, starting in 1956.  Now 32 states offer registration.   Proponents of de-registration argue that Arizona is over regulated and eliminating registration for geologists, landscape architects, assayers, and cremationists, is the first step towards eliminating most professional registrations.    [Right, geologists examine an earth fissure found during construction of loop 202 in the eastern Phoenix valley.   A special flexible liner was laid under the roadway to prevent it from buckling]

The ASBOG folks reported similar efforts to eliminate registration geologists have been proposed in other states over the past decade but all failed after the legislatures reviewed the life-safety implications.

The local geological community is organizing to oppose HB2613, with AIPG offering to play a coordinating role.

A number of people pointed out that numerous state and local agencies require licensed geologists to sign off on technical reports.  With Arizona licensing revoked, other professionals such as engineers would be asked to sign such reports. But if they do not have the technical expertise in that area, they could be held liable for subsequent problems.   Or geologists licensed in other states could come in to replace Arizona geologists in order to sign professional reports.

Wulfenite display at Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

There is a very nice collection of Arizona wulfenite on display on the main floor of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, highlighting the proposal to make it the official State Mineral of Arizona (HB2496).

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bill to de-license assayers passes Arizona Senate

The bill to to deregulate assayers, SB1256, passed the State Senate 20-9-1 and was transmitted to the House.

Hearing scheduled on bill to de-license geologists in Arizona

The Arizona House Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on HB2613, the bill to eliminate geologist registration in Arizona, at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, February 17, in House Hearing Room 1.

You can register to speak or indicate your support or opposition to this and other bills, or contact legislators through the Legislature's web site.   Options are listed at

Elimination of licensing of geologists would likely result in geologists having to get engineers to sign off on their reports to clients and agencies.

A message sent out by the Board on Technical Registration noted the bill also moves them into the AZ Dept. of Administration, with unknown consequences:

ALERT**HB2613 Proposes to Deregulate Geologists and Landscape Architects. It also proposes moving the Board into the Arizona Department of Administration, the ramifications of which are unknown at this time. Please review the Bill; it may be heard in the House Commerce Committee as early as February 17, 2016 at 9:30 am. Please look at sections 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and Section 56, 57, 58. You can find your legislators' contact information at You can contact the Governor