The newsletter of the Arizona Board of Technical Registration includes commentary by the Board's Chair and it's Executive Director on the recent legislative session that included attempts to de-license geologists, assayers, and certain other professions.
Board Chair LeRoy Brady wrote "Although landscape architects are still required to practice with registration by the Board, the geologists may now choose to voluntarily become registered or practice without registration. That “choice” may endanger public health, safety and welfare."
The Board's Executive Director Melissa Cornelius wrote, "SB1256, which proposed the deregulation of the Assayers, the Drug Lab Program, and Remediation Specialists, passed with one minor amendment; now formerly registered Assayers may refer to themselves in professional correspondence as Emeritus Assayers.
The Board exists to protect the public from those unqualified to practice safely and unscrupulous enough to harm Arizona citizens. Regulation of learned professions has been proven to stimulate the economy by
encouraging qualified practice and promoting public protection."
Both columns in the newsletter go in to more detail and discussion.