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- From: Charles Greenlaw <cgreenlaw(--nospam--at)speedlink.com>
- Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 12:39:33 -0700
On 10/13 I wrote that I'd seen a Calif Atty Gen Opinion that said that no local government may narrow the privileges granted by state law to the holder of a state-issued license. A friend informs me that I'm mistaken as to the source; it was a legal opinion by the Dept of Consumer Affairs staff counsel to their client, the Board of Registration, circa 1992. Sorry if a snipe hunt resulted. This DCA opinion reportedly affirmed the privilege of CE's to do Geotechnical Engineering, in a controversy where a local jurisdiction was refusing to review work submitted by a CE. Unfortunately DCA legal opinions often cater to the perceived desires of the party that asked for the opinion, and are apt to be resubmitted bearing opposite outcomes if the first version is disfavored. (I've seen this several times and been told of it by a former DCA staff atty.) Their usefulness to others is thus limited. The PE Act "grants privileges" to civil engineers by defining civil engineering in sec 6731 (by broadly enumerating its activities) and then by prohibiting the practice of that work by persons not registered.(sec 6704, 6730, 6734.) In sec 6731.1 and following, some additional privileges are more explicitly granted. Other state laws outside the PE Act, as posted by others, do restrict certain types of projects to SE's, and as is traditional, to architects. Chuck Greenlaw, SE, Sacramento.
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