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09.13.05 - Board for Professional Land Surveyors - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 41, ISSUE 25,
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Subtitle 13 BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS

09.13.05 Fees

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§15-208 and 15-209; Business Regulation Article, §§2-106, 2-106.1, and 2-106.2, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[14-225-P]

The Board for Professional Land Surveyors proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 09.13.05 Fees and Costs. This action was considered by the Board at a public meeting held on October 31, 2013, notice of which was published in 40:21 Md. R. 1849 (October 18, 2013), pursuant to State Government Article, §10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to increase the examination administration service fee paid by a candidate to take one or all of the following land surveying examinations: (1) national uniform Principles of Surveying; (2) State-specific Maryland Law and Ethical Issues; or (3) State-specific Road Grade and Storm Drain Design.

Since 1999, the Board administered the Fundamentals of Surveying examination and the Principles of Surveying examination, as well as the two State-specific examinations mentioned above. The examination administration fee was set at that time at $60 based on the Board’s assumed expenses associated with the administration of all examinations. The Board will not administer the Fundamentals of Surveying examination as of January 1, 2014; thereafter that examination will be offered only in a computer-based format by the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying. The Board will continue to administer the Principles of Surveying examination, as well as the State-specific examinations.

There are at least two reasons that make the fee increase necessary: (1) the Board is losing a substantial revenue stream due to the computerization of the Fundamentals of Surveying exam; and (2) while the Board has not raised administration fees from the time they were initially set, the costs associated with the administration of the exams, such as facility rental, payments to proctors, etc., have increased in the last 15 years.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. In the past 2 years, an average of approximately 60 candidates per year have taken the Fundamentals of Surveying and the Principles of Surveying exams. This number is anticipated to drop due to the computerization of the Fundamentals of Surveying exam. The candidates who take the Principles of Surveying exam in pencil and paper format will pay an additional $40 to take that exam.

 
Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
 State Occupational and Professional Design Boards
R+
$40 per candidate
 
B. On other State agencies: NONE
 
C. On local governments: NONE
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated
industries or trade groups:
 Exam candidates
(+)

$40 per candidate

E. On other industries or trade groups: NONE $95 to $125 per candidate
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public: NONE
 

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
A. The fee previously paid by an exam candidate to take the exam was $60. With an increase to $100, the Fund will receive an additional $40 per candidate.
D. An exam candidate will pay $40 more to take one or more parts of the Principles of Surveying exam in pencil and paper format.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Pamela J. Edwards, Executive Director, Board for Professional Land Surveyors, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202, or call 410-230-6262, or email to pam.edwards@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-333-0021. Comments will be accepted through August 31, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Board for Professional Land Surveyors during a public meeting to be held on October 1, 2014, at 10 a.m., at 500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Conference Room, Baltimore, MD 21202.

.03 Fees and Costs.
A. — E. (text unchanged)
F. An applicant for the appropriate licensing examination shall pay to the Board or its designee the testing service fee of [$60] $100 in connection with the testing services.

JOHN V. METTEE, III
Chair
State Board for Professional Land Surveyors