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It wouldn't surprise me, the pocket lining thing.  If you want a clearer example on how government sometimes views enforcing regulations, every once in a while the NYPD unions threatens or pretends to threaten to stop writing traffic or parking tickets.  The,, typically, the Mayor then becomes upset because of the loss of revenues.  Does that mean mayors view traffic and parking tickets as a profit-making operation?  By the way, it doesn?t matter who is Mayor, they all react that way, so don't pick on the current one.  In addition, the press seems to never ask about how such threats could affect motorist (and pedestrian) safety and why loss of revenue is more important.
And if that's their attitude about traffic tickets, what is their probable attitude toward how other government regulatory entities should behave?   <Off the political soapbox>
On Chris' shake up idea, that would be good if it can be done right.  That would level the bid playing field so that PEs will not be underbid by other PEs who can bid lower fees by not complying with rules and regulations, and then get away with it because the government regulatory authority is more interested in collecting revenues than encouraging good behavior.
Now, will this proposed private techno-board be made up of ex-PE board members, ex-civil servants or <gasp> ex-political appointees?  I see conflicts of interest there.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: FL Board Disciplinary Actions

On Jul 29, 2005, at 10:53 AM, Andrew Kester, PE wrote:

> Here is the Florida Board website with the disciplinary actions,
> though it seems shorter then the newsletter we recently received.
Looks like a different list. Some of the names are the same; some are
different. Hard to tell which is the more current.

With all the suspicions that the Florida board may simply be jacking up
enforcement action to line its own pockets, I'd nearly forgotten that
Gov Bush recently privatized (sort of) the enforcement function. So I'm
shocked--shocked, I say--that anyone would think a private corporation
might attempt to take financial advantage of a sacred trust. ;->

Truth to tell, I think a little shake-up in the enforcement might do
the engineering business some good. We'll see if privatization shakes
out the cobwebs or just created  techno-police with interlocking
management and a fat contract.

Here's how it works--
> Under Section 471.038, Florida Statutes, administrative, investigative
> and prosecutorial services are provided to the Florida Board of
> Professional Engineers by the Florida Engineers Management Corporation
> (FEMC). FEMC is a non-profit, single purpose corporation that operates
> through a contract with the Department of Business and Professional
> Regulation. The FEMC Board of Directors is composed of seven members.
> Five members are appointed by the Florida Board of Professional
> Engineers and must be Florida registrants. Two members are appointed
> by the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional
> Regulation and must be laypersons not regulated by the Board.

Minnesota hasn't gone this route yet. Any other states do it this way
or is it just Florida?

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania

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