With the adjournment of the Senate on March 15, the 2011 Legislative session ended. With the end of the session, SB 444 and AB 586 die and new drafts need to be created for the 2013 - 2014 legislative session. What happened this session? We got a late start with the introduction of the bills. As all surveyors know, there is not a lot of understanding of what land surveyors do. The Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) had a number of questions which showed the lack of understanding about how surveyors work. In this session the difficulties had more to do with the changes to the platting statutes instead of the redefinition areas. While we would love to be able to write the language and just hand it over to the LRB, it doesn't work that way. We need to provide a clear request for how we want to have the statutes changed and the LRB drafts the proper language to accomplish our request. The bill was introduced into the Assembly by Representative Roger Rivard and in the Senate by Senator Dale Schultz. There was a public hearing scheduled in the Senate but our bill was pulled from the agenda. The Assembly version did receive a public hearing in the Committee on Housing on March 13, 2012. Neither version of the bill was scheduled for floor action. There were a couple of amendments proposed to deal with utilities and language concerning the OHWM. Opposition came from the national photogrammetrists who want photogrammetrists licensed as land surveyors. I would be happy to share the information with anyone who would like a copy.
I would like to thank Representative Roger Rivard and Senator Dale Schultz for introducing the legislation and supporting our efforts. I would also like to thank the co-sponsors in both chambers.
The Legislative Committee has not met since the end of the session but will meet to decide on a recommended course of action.
At the Land Surveyors Section meeting on March 27, the committee chair brought up the subject of changes to A-E 10 to either extend the biennium or allow for carry over of PDHs. No action was taken at the meeting.