09 Feb HB141 DOC Authority Over BPELS

Licensees may be interested in HB 141.  Page 4 has the goodies.  The licensing board will be advisory only if this passes.  It is now in the State Senate and needs only the Senate yes vote and governor’s signature to become law upon his signature.

This will give Labor Department Commissioner Busy full authority over every action of the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

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Bill Draft Number: LC0392    Current Bill Text:      Current version of this bill  Previous Version(s)  Access all versions of this bill
Bill Type – Number: HB 141
Short Title: Provide licensing boards with active supervision in antitrust liability cases
Primary Sponsor: Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76

What action should MARLS take on House Bill 141?

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  • mattm
    Posted at 12:35h, 09 February

    After reading this a couple times… I have mixed thoughts.
    On one hand it appears to require the state Licensing Board to be actively administered under the commisioner of labor and industry, this is a reaction to the Dental board that was sued back east. Long story short, part of that case was that the dental board had no public members. Based on my limited understanding of the licensure board make up.. this is not the case with the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

    When you read the end, New Section 5, “The department may adopt rules
    10 necessary to carry out active supervision of board actions as provided for in 37-1-121 and [section 4].” This legislation appears to allow a fair amount of regulatory power to the Department, that I am opposed to.

    I am actually opposed to the entirety of this as it adds additional bureaucracy to a critical part of safeguarding both our profession and most importantly the public.


    Matt Morris

  • Russ
    Posted at 15:30h, 09 February

    I whole heartedly agree with Matt M’s comments on this bill, for the same reasons stated.

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