Saturday, February 06, 2016

Deregulation of geologists in Arizona

A bill was just filed in the Arizona House to deregulate geologists and landscape architects, removing those professions from the AZ Board of Technical Registration and replacing positions on that board with two public members.   

HB2613, if passed, will prohibit geologists from calling ourselves "professional geologists."  We would then be known as "design professionals."  [Photo credit, Resolution Copper]

The proposal is angering geologists across the state.  We are copied on emails flying around the community lining up opposition to the bill.

Stephen Noel, the geologist on the Board of Technical Registration emailed the following message to 

Fellow Arizona Registered Geologist:

On February 4, 2016, HB 2613 was introduced that,  among other things, would eliminate the registration of geologist in the state of Arizona.  As the geologist member on the Arizona Technical Board of Registration, I see first-hand the importance of registration of geologist and the benefits it provides to the health and safety of Arizona citizens and the environment.  Please send a note to your representative and express your opposition to this bill, and how deregulation will negatively impact the public health and safety of all Arizona Citizens based on your unique experiences.   

Time is of the essence, please send today! Thanks.

Stephen D. Noel, R.G.
Arizona Registration No. 17065


  1. Come on! Tell who is behind this, names and numbers. First, they destroy the Mineral Museum; blame the historical society. But that makes little sense. They were fronting for some group, and I suspect environmental activists. Babbitt dismantled the US Geological Survey from a geology-based agency to a bunch of biologists.
    Tell us more.

  2. Anonymous9:34 PM

    This appears to be a cost-cutting measure. What is baffling, though, is that cutting a fee-based program can't possibly make much difference to the overall budget. This feels like "slash and burn."

  3. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Design professionals sounds like they are landscapers putting boulders of quartz or petrified wood on your front lawn.

  4. Anonymous12:37 PM

    "Design Professional" yikes. Abbreviate that for your business card...DP, short for displaced person.