Resolution in Congress Seeks to Preserve Licensure of Design Professionals

March 13, 2024 3:09 PM | Kansas Society of Land Surveyors (Administrator)

Last week, Rep. John Joyce (R-Pennsylvania) introduced House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.) 96, a “sense of the Congress” resolution expressing the view that design professional licensure (architects, engineers, surveyors) is critical to public health, safety, and welfare; recognizing the role these professions play in our economy; and sending a signal to states that they should not affect these professions in occupational licensing reform.

“While the case for reform of licensing in some occupations is desirable, bills introduced in some state legislatures are too broadly drafted and fail to exempt or recognize the importance of licensing of design professionals. Introduction of this resolution sends a strong signal from Congress to the states that care should be taken to preserve the necessary and legitimate licensing of architects, engineers, and surveyors,” said John Palatiello, an advisor to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

“As a medical doctor, Rep. Joyce has a first-hand appreciation for professional licensure, and as the son of a PE, LS, is well aware of the importance of licensure of design professionals,” Palatiello said. “We applaud his recognition of the distinction between these important professions and others where licensure may be of questionable value or benefit to the public.”

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