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          Date of Hearing:  May 13, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          177 (Bonilla) - As Amended April 23, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill extends the sunset date for the Board for Professional  
          Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG), the  
          California Architects Board (CAB), and the Landscape Architects  
          Technical Committee (LATC) from January 1, 2016, to January 1,  








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          2020. 


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)On-going annual Special Fund costs of approximately $9.6  
            million (Professional Engineer's and Land Surveyor's Fund) and  
            $1.4 million (Geology and Geophysics Account) to extend the  
            BPELSG beyond the January 1, 2016, sunset date. This fund is  
            self-supporting with fee revenue.



          2)On-going annual Special Fund costs of approximately $3.9  
            million (California Architects Board Fund) to extend the CAB  
            beyond the January 1, 2016, sunset date. This fund is  
            self-supporting with fee revenue.



          3)On-going annual Special Fund costs of approximately $1.0  
            million (Landscape Architects Fund) to extend the LACT beyond  
            the January 1, 2016, sunset date. This fund is self-supporting  
            with fee revenue.
          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. This bill is one of five author-sponsored sunset  
            bills.  On March 18th, 2015, the Assembly Business and  
            Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions,  
            and Economic Development Committee held a "sunset review"  
            hearing for the BPELSG, the CAB, and the LATC.  In response to  
            the recommendations in the background paper and the sunset  
            hearing, this bill extends the sunset date for the BPELSG, the  
            CAB, and the LATC from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2020,  
            and incorporates changes to the BPELSG that arose out of the  
            sunset review process.
          According to the author, "This bill is necessary to ensure that  








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            consumers continue to be protected through the ongoing  
            licensure and regulation of architects, landscape architects,  
            engineers, land surveyors, and geologists." 


          2)Background. BPELSG.  The BPELSG regulates the practices of  
            professional engineering, land surveying, geology, and  
            geophysics.  The BPELSG duties include qualifying and  
            licensing individuals, establishing regulations, enforcing  
            laws and regulations, and providing information so that  
            consumers can make informed decisions.  The BPELSG licenses  
            and regulates more than 78,400 professional civil, mechanical,  
            and electrical engineers, 4,200 land surveyors, 5,300  
            geologists and geophysicists, over 14,600 others.


          CAB and LATC.  The CAB regulates the practice of architecture in  
            California. It establishes regulations for the examination and  
            licensing of the architecture profession in California, which  
            today numbers approximately 21,000 licensed architects and  
            approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the process of  
            meeting examination and licensure requirements.  The LATC,  
            under the purview of the CAB, was created to establish license  
            standards and enforce the laws and regulations that govern the  
            practice of landscape architecture in California.  The LATC  
            currently licenses more than 3,500 of the over 16,400 licensed  
            landscape architects in the United States.  

          3)Current Legislation.  AB 320 (Wood), pending on the Assembly  
            Floor, adds the title "environmental engineer" to the list of  
            professional engineers currently given Title Act protection  
            and prevents a person from using that title unless licensed by  
            the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and  
            Geologists (BPELSG).  The bill also exempts licensed civil,  
            electrical, and mechanical engineers from additional  
            qualifications to use the title, "environmental engineer."  


          








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          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081