Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

125 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

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H.B. 322


January 26, 2004


As Reported by House Homeland Security, Energy, and Architectural Design


Rep. Widener



No local cost



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



FY 2004

FY 2005


Occupational Regulatory Licensing Fund (4K9)


- 0 -

$136,000 gain

$136,000 gain


- 0 -

- 0 -

$80,000 increase starting FY 2007

Note: The state fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. For example, FY 2004 is July 1, 2003 June 30, 2004.


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

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

        Authorizes the State Board of Examiners and Architects to adopt rules pertaining to and require 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 starting in 2008. 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 Board anticipates that these employees will be hired in FY 2007.


The bill also authorizes the Board of Examiners of Architects to adopt rules pertaining to, and requires continuing education requirements. The rules would not take effect for four years. The Board does not anticipate hiring any additional employees to oversee such requirements, nor does it anticipate any additional costs.



LSC fiscal staff: Terry Steele, Budget Analyst