Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

125 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

77 South High Street, 9th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6136 Phone: (614) 466-3615

Internet Web Site: http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/

BILL:

Sub. H.B. 322

DATE:

December 1, 2004

STATUS:

As Enacted Effective May 18, 2005

SPONSOR:

Rep. Widener

LOCAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED:

No

No local cost

 


CONTENTS:

To increase the annual renewal of registration fee for professional engineers and professional surveyors and to implement continuing professional development requirements for these registration renewals beginning in calendar year 2008

 

State Fiscal Highlights

 

STATE FUND

FY 2005

FY 2006

FUTURE YEARS

Occupational Regulatory Licensing Fund (4K9)

Revenues

- 0 -

$136,000 gain

$136,000 gain

Expenditures

- 0 -

- 0 -

$80,000 increase starting FY 2007

Note: The state fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. For example, FY 2005 is July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005.

 

        Increases registration renewal fees from $16 to $20 for estimated revenue gain of $136,000 per year.

        Implements continuing professional development requirements beginning in calendar year 2008 with associated costs of $80,000 per year.

        Permits the board to adopt rules pertaining to the satisfactory completion of continuing education requirements.

Local Fiscal Highlights

 

        No direct fiscal effect on political subdivisions.

 


 


 

 

Detailed Fiscal Analysis

 

The bill increases the fee for a renewal of registration as either a professional surveyor or a professional engineer from $16 to $20. There are currently approximately 34,000 professional engineers and surveyors in the state of Ohio. If all were to renew their licenses after the fee increase were to occur, there would be a revenue gain of approximately $136,000. Renewals are due by December 31 for the following year.

 

The Engineers and Surveyors Board will do random audits of its registrants to ensure compliance with the provision of the bill that requires continuing professional development be completed the following year. The Board also anticipates the hiring of two additional staff members to oversee the continuing professional development program. The revenue gained from the renewal fee increase will be used to compensate these additional employees and the continuing professional development program. The Board of Engineers and Surveyors anticipates the compensation of the new employees and costs of monitoring the requirements to be approximately $80,000.

 

The bill also authorizes the Board of Examiners of Architects and the State Board of Landscape Architect Examiners to adopt rules pertaining to and requiring continuing education requirements. If such requirements are adopted, the Board must specify in the rules that the continuing education requirements may be satisfied by various coursework, activities, teaching, or participation in professional or technical societies as listed in the continuing education rules created by the Board. The Board does not anticipate the hiring of any new employees or any additional costs as a result of this provision.

 

 

LSC fiscal staff: Terry Steele, Budget Analyst

 

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