Legislature(1997 - 1998)
02/11/1998 03:18 PM L&C
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
CSSB 110(L&C) am - LICENSING OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Number 0068 CHAIRMAN ROKEBERG stated the committee's first order of business was CSSB 110(L&C) am, "An Act relating to licensure of landscape architects; relating to exemptions from laws regulating the practice of architecture, engineering, and land surveying; and relating to fees collected by the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors." He stated he would like the committee to take up the proposed committee substitute, and he asked Ms. Shirley Armstrong, committee aide for the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee, to explain the changes since the last discussion of CSSB 110(L&C) am based on Dwayne Adams' suggested amendments Number 0115 SHIRLEY ARMSTRONG, Legislative Assistant to Representative Norman Rokeberg, came forward. She noted she was staff to the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee. Ms. Armstrong referred to the proposed committee substitute, 0-LS0634\Q, Lauterbach, 2/11/98. She pointed to added language on page 10, Section 25, line 26, after "crafts" the additional language reads "earthwork, grounds keeping, or nursery operations". Ms. Armstrong said this language was recommended by Mr. Adams who has been working on this bill. This subsection now reads: "(2) workers in building trades crafts, earthwork, grounds keeping, or nursery operations, and superintendents, supervisors, or inspectors in the performance of their customary duties;". Number 0211 MS. ARMSTRONG indicated the next change was on page 11, line 13, to subsection (B) of subsection (6) of Section 25. After the wording "farm or ranch buildings" the language "and their grounds" has been added. The subsection now reads: "(B) farm or ranch buildings and their grounds, unless the public health, safety, or welfare is involved;". She then referred to page 11, line 17, subsection (C), after "not more than two stories high" the language, "and the grounds of the building;", has been added. The subsection now reads: "(C) a building that is intended to be used only as a residence by not more than four families and that is not more than two stories high and the grounds of the building;". On line 20, "and the grounds of the building has been added to subsection (D) after "purpose". Subsection (D) now reads: "(D) a garage, workshop, or similar building that contains less than 2,000 square feet of floor space to be used for a private noncommercial purpose and the grounds of the building;". On line 26, "or its grounds" has been added after "repairs to a building" in subsection (8), which now reads: "(8) a person furnishing drawings, specifications, instruments of service, or other data for alterations or repairs to a building or its grounds that do not change or affect the structural system or the safety of the building, or that do not affect the public health, safety or welfare;". Number 0269 MS. ARMSTRONG stated on page 12, subsections (11), (12), and (13) were added. These subsections read: "(11) a person while involved in revegetation, restoration, reclamation, rehabilitation, or erosion control for disturbed land; (12) a person while maintaining or directing the placement of plant material; (13) a person designing or preparing plans and specification for the person's own use with respect to property owned by the person." She noted these were based on some of the comments received during the February 2, 1998 House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting. She stated it was not exactly Mr. Adams' language, but the content was pretty much the same. Ms. Armstrong noted it was easier to add subsections (11), (12) and (13), and those were changes that the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee had come up with two years ago. Number 0324 MS. ARMSTRONG referred next to Section 26, page 12, line 13. She commented she had a discussion with Senator Rick Halford's office staff and she was told, "It automatically exempts people who are not dealing with public health or safety, and that the board will go ahead and - and come up with the exemptions, and then people (indisc.) -- anybody who's not in those particular categories will be exempt." However, she stated, "The attorney still says that people out there who are doing landscaping may not know what those exemptions are, so they're gonna have to still come ... to the board and ask whether or not they're covered." She commented she had decided not to argue with Senator Halford's staff, noting Senator Mackie's office did not have an opinion. Ms. Armstrong said, "He said it does exactly what they intended it to do, you know the Senators, exempt 'em. We've done what we wanted to do by exempting ... individuals from being covered and landscapers and nurserymen and all that, so, I guess, and Senator Mackie's didn't have any opinion, so I just left it alone." Number 0445 MS. ARMSTRONG noted the next change was in Section 28, subsection (17), page 12. She stated Mr. Adams came up with a better definition of the practice of landscape architecture and this was his wording verbatim. She indicated this was the last change to CSSB 110(L&C) am contained in the proposed committee substitute. Subsection (17) now reads: "(17) "practice of landscape architecture" means professional services or creative work in site investigation, reconnaissance, research, planning, design, and preparation services related to drawings and construction documents, observation of construction, and location, arrangement, and design of incidental and necessary tangible objects and features for the purpose of" Subsection (17) previously read: "(17) "practice of landscape architecture" means consultative, investigative, reconnaissance, research, planning, design, and preparation services related to drawings and construction documents, observation of construction, and location, arrangement, and design of incidental and necessary tangible objects and features of the purpose of" Number 0473 CHAIRMAN ROKEBERG asked if the committee had any questions for Ms. Armstrong. He commented he and Representative Sanders had been present two years ago when subsections (11), (12) and (13) had originally been drafted. Number 0496 REPRESENTATIVE JOHN COWDERY made a motion to move Version Q (0- LS0634\Q, Lauterbach, 2/11/98), proposed House committee substitute for CSSB 110(L&C) am, to the next committee of referral with individual recommendations and the attached fiscal note. Number 0540 CHAIRMAN ROKEBERG asked the committee if there were any objections. Hearing none, he stated HCS CSSB 110(L&C) was so moved. He noted Representative Brice had been present during the vote.