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New bill forms the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors as a separate State Agency

On May 21, 2019 Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1176 into law. It allows the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to become an independent Washington State agency. 3 professions regulated through the State Board supported the bill:

  • Onsite waste water professionals
  • Professional land surveyors
  • Professional engineers

The process was an eye opening and positive learning experience. It highlighted the strength in solidarity of our professions. Also our continued belief in our legislative process.

The bill owes its success to 4 strong segments of support:

  1. Sponsorship and mentorship of Senator Kevin VanDeWege and the support of both chambers of our legislation
  2. Advice of the Department of Licensing, through the leadership of Director Teresa Berntsen
  3. Strong grass root support of the professional associations and licensees
  4. Confidence and direction of the Board members

This is the beginning of a new era for the regulation of our professions. The transition of the Board into small agency status is in the planning process. A team from the Department of Licensing and the Board are working together in this effort. Minimizing the functional impact to our professions and the public is key as we move through the process.

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