Legislative Alert - Call to Action

Board of Technical Registration Continuation News

Every agency 'sunsets' and is only continued after the agency goes through an audit (either a self audit or through the auditor general) and a bill is sponsored to continue the agency.  The Board of Technical Registration was last continued in 2016 for eight years.

The Board's continuation bill this legislative session is HB2253. The typical process for bills is to be heard in committee before being voted on the floor. HB2253 did that in the House, but the government committee in the senate did not agendize HB2253. Instead, the committee proposed continuing the Board, along with seven other agencies, in a striker bill, HB2632. The Striker language can be found here

As a reminder, pending new legislation that is passed, all current statutes remain unchanged. 

Any questions you may have, please contact Kurt Winter

Timeline:

January 16, 2024 - Audit Hearing House Commerce Committee. Recommendation: continue the agency eight years. Committee Chairman Wilmeth sponsored the Board's continuation bill HB2253.

January 17, 2024 - Audit Hearing Senate Government Committee. Recommendation: convert the occupational licenses under the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration to a less restrictive regulation pursuant to ARS 41-2954(F).

February 6, 2024 - HB2253 due passed in House Commerce Committee

February 26, 2024 - HB2253 due passed in House (46-10-3-0-1) and transmitted to the Senate

February 29, 2024 - The Senate Government Committee is assigned HB2253. The Committee did not agendize the bill.

March 21, 2024 - The Senate Government Committee agendizes HB2632, a striker bill, to continue eight agencies, including this board, for two years and to make changes to some of this Board's statutes. The striker amendment is due passed 4-3-1-0.

April 2, 2024 - HB2632 is read in the senate democratic caucus and republican caucus, but the bill is held in the republican caucus. 

April 10, 2024 - HB2632 is read in the senate republican caucus and was not held. 

Possible Next Step - HB2632 being heard on the Senate floor. 

 

How You Can Help

If you are concerned about the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration and the board’s mission statement in part to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the public and value your registration you may wish to reach out to your Arizona state senator, the Government Committee Chairman, Jake Hoffman (JAKE.HOFFMAN@azleg.gov), the Government Committee Vice Chairman, Wendy Rogers (WROGERS@azleg.gov), Senate President Warren Petersen (WPETERSEN@azleg.gov), and/or the Governor’s Office to show your support for the Board’s continuation.

For example: Dear Senator xxx, My name is XXXX and I am a professional XXXX. I am writing to you in support of the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s continuation bill 2632.

In any correspondence, you may wish to explain the importance and the value of the work you perform as a registered professional XXX in Arizona as it relates to public health, safety, and welfare. As professionals who understand the intricacies of your field, you are uniquely positioned to communicate these essential contributions effectively. Therefore, in any correspondence, you may want to highlight these key points to demonstrate the tangible benefits your profession(s) brings to Arizona communities

 

Sample Downloadable Letter

Please write your house and senate to support the continuation of the Board of Technical Registration. To help in this effort, below is a word document that can be modified and sent.

Click here ot download letter

 

APLS Actions

Prior to the January 16th hearing, APLS sent a letter of support to the COR for the continuation of the BTR.

Click here to view letter

When it was anticipated that the Senate would recommend relaxed restrictions on licensing, APLS has sent a letter to the Sentate COR members outlining the difference between occupational and professional licensing and encouraging them to exempt design professional licenses from the recommendation.

Click here to view letter

APLS has also registered support for the continuation of the Board of Technical Registration through the Arizona Right to Speak