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It has always been my understanding that some of the motivation by certain State Boards to restrict comity licensing and or reciprocity was to limit the number of engineers within the State and thereby prevent to much competition between out-of-state individuals and the locals. The State that I have heard this said the most about at one time was Florida for both Engineers and Dentists. I also heard through the grape vine several years ago that an individual brought a suit against the State of Carolina under the ICC restraint of trade regulations because the SC Board would not grant him comity/reciprocity. As I recall in this case the State of SC required that you be licensed in your State of residency so when the guy tried to get his SC license using a PE from a State other than his home state (where he could not get licensed for whatever reason), they rejected his application.


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From: SGE Structural [mailto:sgordin(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 2:20 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: License




Except for yourself, I wish some Constitutional scholar would clarify this section (I actually know one, but he is quite busy now).  The intent appears pretty clear, but can the licenses be formally attributed to "public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings?" 


Otherwise - wow.


V. Steve Gordin, SE
Irvine CA



----- Original Message -----

From: Lloyd Pack

Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 11:11

Subject: Re: License


Hello Bill,

How is this not a violation of the U.S. Constitution Article IV, Section I., which reads as

"Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and
judicial Proceedings of every other State."

It would seem that most states don't give full faith and credit.  Marriage, at least,
you don't have to redo upon moving to another state.  And it seems that adoptions
are honored from one state to the next.  Other contracts seem to be upheld. Driver's
licenses are accepted for a period of time, but you still have to retest in all the the states
that I'm aware of, when you transfer your license.  No faith and credit there.

Take Care,

On 22 Jul 2009 at 18:29, Bill Polhemus wrote:

> And that is the prerogative of Utah, which is a sovereign state. CA, otoh, gets to keep a ten-year-
> old building code, if it wants. And Texas can have no Code at all.
> I don't agree with everything my state does, but its sovereignty is not negotiable.
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.Via iPhone 3G

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