Legislative Alert - Call to Action

Board of Technical Registration Continuation News

URGENT COMMUNICATION TO ALL BTR REGISTRANTS:

The Board of Technical Registration (BTR) is set to terminate July 1, 2024. A striker bill, SB2632, currently before the legislature, would continue the Board for another two years. However, the bill introduces changes to the Board's statutes that would significantly narrow the Board's ability to open and investigate complaints. An amendment was introduced on May 14, 2024, to push for a clean, 8-year continuation, but it failed along party lines. In light of this, the Board asks for your support in reaching out to the members of the legislature to ask for a “clean continuation” of the BTR. 

If you are concerned about your ability to maintain your professional registration and protecting the public, now is the time to contact members of the legislature and express your wishes. 

Please consider reaching out to the legislators in the district where you live and work.  To locate what district you are in, use this interactive map, then visit the Senator and Representative link (scroll to the bottom to see full list of Senators) to email your Senator/Representative directly. Please also consider emailing the following individuals:

 

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APLS Actions

APLS is actively working with other associations to gain nationwide support for the continuation of the Board of Technical Registration.

Click here to download APLS's latest letter

Click here to download support letter from Western Federation of Professional Surveyors

Click here to download support letter from Nevada Association of Land Surveyors

 

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

 

 

Additional Background Information

 

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.