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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 177 (Bonilla) - Professions and vocations:  licensing boards:  
           authority:  extension
          
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          |Version: June 30, 2015          |Policy Vote: B., P. & E.D. 9 -  |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: August 27, 2015   |Consultant: Brendan McCarthy    |
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          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                     adopted by the committee on August 27, 2015


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 177 would extend the statutory sunset of the Board  
          for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, the  
          California Architects Board, and the Landscape Architects  
          Technical Committee until January 1, 2020.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           No significant costs are anticipated due to the extension of  
            the sunset of the Board for Professional Engineers, Land  
            Surveyors and Geologists (Professional Engineer's, Land  
            Surveyor's, and Geologist's Fund). Current law imposes a  
            sunset on the existence of the Board for Professional  
            Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists as an appointed  
            board. However, there is no sunset on the larger body of law  







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            requiring licensure and oversight of the practice of  
            engineering, land surveying, and geology. If the Board was  
            allowed to sunset, the overall licensing and regulatory  
            program would still exist in law.

           Potential one-time costs up to $150,000 for the Board of  
            Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists to  
            develop educational standards for geologists, geophysicists,  
            and geologists-in-training (Professional Engineer's, Land  
            Surveyor's, and Geologist's Fund).

           No significant costs are anticipated due to the extension of  
            the sunset of the California Architects Board (California  
            Architects Board Fund). Current law imposes a sunset on the  
            existence of the California Architects Board as an appointed  
            board. However, there is no sunset on the larger body of law  
            requiring licensure and oversight of the practice of  
            architecture. If the Board was allowed to sunset, the overall  
            licensing and regulatory program would still exist in  law.

           No significant costs are anticipated due to the extension of  
            the sunset of the Landscape Architects Technical Committee  
            (Landscape Architects Fund). Current law imposes a sunset on  
            the existence of the Landscape Architects Technical Committee  
            as an appointed board. However, there is no sunset on the  
            larger body of law requiring licensure and oversight of the  
            practice of landscape architecture. If the Board was allowed  
            to sunset, the overall licensing and regulatory program would  
            still exist in law.


          Author  
          Amendments:  Allow candidates for licensure before obtaining a  
          degree in architecture and make technical corrections.





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