Here are some updates:
On the APLS front - The revisions to the minimum standards were adopted by APLS by a vote of the membership. The Tally was 86 in favor and 50 against. With almost 520 members this is one of the best turn outs for a vote. With the Governor's moratorium on rule making in place APLS will have to just sit on them until the BTR can act on them. The BOD is discussing ways to encourage membership. One that I like was bringing back the 1 year of free membership to new licensees. I am not sure why it was halted but I guess economics had something to do with it. However we will see what the BOD wants to do.
As 2015 takes off lets take a moment to look back at 2013-2014. I was asked what have we done? Well so fare since 2010 (in the last 5 years) APLS has adopted a policy of Continuing Education that is suitable to bring to the BTR. It has been rejected by the BTR; but that doesn't mean it can't be re-introduced. We have adopted a revision to the ABSMS that we can/will introduce to the BTR as soon as the opportunity arises. This represents quite a log jam at the BTR so we shall see how this all plays out.
The next step is the entry standards. The BTR is looking at an omnibus bill to bring the surveying experience/education requirements in line with the engineers. APLS has been asked to look at and make recommendations. So that is what we are doing. Our relationship wit the BTR is an open one and that is good thing. I just hope it can continue.
All that being said we can all relax and enjoy the busy field season we hope to have.