A bill in the Arizona Senate would eliminate the requirement for assayers to be licensed in Arizona. SB1256, filed by Sen. John Kavanaugh (R-Fountain Hills) would drop Assayers from the list of professions regulated by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration. The Board previously voted to make this change.
Arizona appears to be the only state in the country to license assayers, initiated as a way to minimize mining fraud from unqualified, phony, or doctored assays.
The group of licensed assayers is opposed to eliminating licensing and is seeking to find another state agency to take over this duty.