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SB 81 (BR 1079) - G. Tapp

     AN ACT relating to professional engineers and land surveyors.
     Amend various sections of KRS Chapter 322 to make technical corrections to the employee and subordinate exemption and manufacturer's exemption; add language to ensure that the exemption does not extend to site-specific engineering work; require English competency for all applicants; redefine the felony conviction resulting in ineligibility for licensure as any felony involving sexual misconduct, violence, fraud, or deceit; clarify that if a business entity has a physical location within the Commonwealth, the permitted entity's engineer in responsible charge must be located at that main office, rather than at each branch office as long as he or she maintains direct supervisory control; remove the requirement for references for business entities; change the responsible-charge requirement for an owner or officer of a business entity and exclude sole proprietors from the business entity provisions; remove the requirement for inclusion of proof of English proficiency with applications; require references and employment verifications to remain confidential; change the term licensure by reciprocity to "licensure by endorsement"; remove language requiring mailing as the only method for providing notice; clarify that the licensee is responsible for renewal; remove moral turpitude language and leave any felony as grounds for disciplinary action; delete outdated language on a surety bond for the secretary-treasurer; permit roster information in electronic form; require direct supervision of construction only if the professional is contracted to provide that service; remove language for bond execution; update language regarding buildings requiring the services of an engineer or architect to make it consistent with KRS 323.033; repeal KRS 322.015, 322.200, and 322.310.


     SFA (1, R. Webb) - Amend KRS 322.360 to add landscape architects engaged in the practice of landscape architecture to the list of professionals required to develop and administer construction contracts of any public work involving engineering.

     Jan 7-introduced in Senate
     Jan 11-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Jan 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Jan 27-2nd reading, to Rules
     Jan 28-floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 1-recommitted to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)

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