Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Board of Technical Registration review of assayer, geologist de-licensing legislation

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.


  1. Anonymous9:05 PM

    In 1956 Arizona became the first state to require certification of geologists. A progressive state at the time and since then 28 other states have followed suit.

    But, now, 50 years later, Arizona is taking a step backwards. With this action, this state is not protecting its citizens.

  2. I am in agreement with Anonymous (and you'll see in a bit why I characterize myself as "Anonymous II") even though I stand to benefit personally by this stupid action by the Legislature and the Governor. I moved to Arizona upon retirement, realizing full well that I was not legally qualified to practice my 50-year profession of geology in this state. With the passage of this bill, I can now legally again practice my profession. While it is gratifying to have this ability, I don't plan to take advantage of it but will instead work to convince my House and State Senate legislators to repeal this idiotic law.

  3. Anonymous3:48 AM

    So.....taking a step backwards helps everyone? Get these idiotic libs away from sharp objects. the board exists to protect the public? This doesnt protect the public it hurts the public. The boards director? What is she thinking? That geology in our state is not important and can be open to anyone who proclaims "i am a geologist? That's like the fox guarding the hen house. If this is the caliber of board members then the board system needs to go as these people are clearly not working in the best interests of the public nor the industries dependent on accurate and unvarnished geological evidence. You don't build your house on an untested piece of land now do you? If you do well then you are a fool and get what a fool deserves but you are hurting the public here and that is unacceptable.