Serving professionals in engineering, environmental,
and groundwater geology since 1957
by SCAL Section, Legislative Committee Chair Joe Cota
The best news to report this month is that Governor Schwarzenegger has dropped the portion of his reorganization
plan for California’s state government that would have eliminated the Board for Geologists and Geophysicists
(BGG) along with 88 other boards and commissions. His announcement came several days following a February 14,
2005 conference with his appointed Director of Consumer Affairs, Charlene Zettel, and representatives of CCGO and
AEG. We would like to believe that our conference with representatives of the Department of Consumer Affairs
(DCA) had much to do with the Governor’s decision to drop parts of his reorganization plan.
As some of you know, BGG is not entirely “out of the woods” yet because this year is a “Sunset Review” year for
the board. BGG made it’s presentation to the Sunset Review Committee to extend it’s operations and funding on
January 6, 2005. In the past, boards surviving sunset review were granted an average of 4 years until the next
statutory sunset period, at which time they would again be reviewed by the Senate Committee to evaluate their
usefulness in protecting consumers and disciplining licensees failing to work within the standards of care within
their professions. It appears that the sunset review went well this time for BGG because the senate committee
introduced SB 228 on February 15, 2005 to extend BGG’s operations beyond the previous sunset date. The extension
period is not yet specified in the bill. A summary of the bill is as follows:
FEBRUARY 15, 2005
An act to amend Section 7810 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to geologists and geophysicists.
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SB 228, as introduced, Figueroa. Board for Geologists and Geophysicists: sunset date.
Existing law, the Geologist and Geophysicist Act, provides for the regulation of geologists and geophysicists by
the Board for Geologists and Geophysicists, in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Under existing law, the
provisions creating the board will become inoperative on July 1, 2006, and will be repealed as of January 1, 2007.
This bill would extend to unspecified dates the dates on which these provisions are inoperative and repealed.
AEG is in support of this bill and will continue to monitor it’s progress as it progresses through the various
Apparently some Boards of Registration for several of the other professions have not fared as well as BGG and are
proposed to be eliminated by AB 1024 (introduced by Assembly Member Walters on February 22, 2005). If this bill
passes, licensing for some of the professions would transfer to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), and
this would include the Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the California Architects Board, and
the Contractor’s State License Board. A summary of Walter’s bill is as follows:
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AB 1024, as introduced, Walters. Professional vocations: abolition of boards and committees.
Existing law, within the Department of Consumer Affairs, creates various boards with appointed members, which are
charged with the licensing and regulation of certain professions and vocations, including the Speech-Language
Pathology and Audiology Board, the Hearing Aid Dispensers Advisory Committee, the California Architects Board,
the Landscape Architects Technical Committee, the Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the
Contractors' State License Board, and the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Existing law creates the Hearing
Aid Dispensers Advisory Committee, which advises the Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau of the department on related
matters. Existing law, with respect to various other professions and vocations, provides for licensing and
regulation of those professions and vocations directly by the Department of Consumer Affairs and staff appointed
by the Director of Consumer Affairs.
This bill would abolish all of the above-referenced boards and the committee, and transfer their responsibilities
and duties to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
So far this year, AEG’s lobbyist Judy Wolen has identified 61 bills that may have some importance for AEG from
over 2800 new bills already introduced in the legislature this year. Your legislative committee has not finished
reviewing these bills. If you would like to assist in the review of these bills I can email a list and summary to
interested persons. We would also like to hear from our members about any concerns or comments on other bills they
are aware of that were not caught by our lobbyist’s screening process. All proposed legislature can be found at
the following link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html