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Re: Strange but True (SB 828)

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If you actually believe that our illustrious legislators who oversee the PE
laws here in CA have the public's best interest at heart by allowing
architects and civil engineers with very little practical experience to
stamp and sign structural drawings in seismic zone 4, then I should probably
request that you submit a urine sample :o)

Bill Allen
(master of the compound sentence. Periods are expensive!)
-----Original Message-----
From: Robert McGhie <robert0(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, October 31, 1997 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: Strange but True (SB 828)
>I write to correct a possible misconception. The purpose of legislation
>regulating engineers and the practice of engineering, as well as other
>professions and professionals, was NEVER to protect the "professionals".
>state's only legitimate interest in such regulations is to protect the
>public, which is as it should be. This does not mean that the regulated
>professionals should not be concerned when changes are made that would
>lessen the requirements on those authorized to practice the profession. But
>the question is whether or not the change reduces public protection from
>those who are not qualified or merely eliminates an unnecessary regulation
>or restriction. To the extent some members of the engineering profession
>sought protection of the monopoly, merely for their own personal interest,
>as Chuck seems to say the legislature found, they were rightly rebuked.
>We should, of course, remain vigilant because, for the most part, the
>public's interests and the interests of our profession are not at odds but
>coincide, In fact, it can be persuasively argued that the primary purpose
>our profession is public protection. However, pretending to represent the
>public interest, when viewed as thinly disguised efforts to enhance
>gain or further one's personal agenda, merely ruins credibility. Therefore,
>we should exercise caution, least our own credibility also be tarnished.
>Robert McGhie, SE