By: Ryan Malone
The following article is posted from the NMSPE:
State Representative Miguel P. Garcia has introduced a bill in the State Legislature that changes the rules for acquiring a PE in the State of New Mexico. The bill is designated HB-18 and can be viewed here. While there have been bills regarding changes to PE requirements in the past, NMSPE has found that Representative Garcia didn't bother to check with the New Mexico Board of Licensure (NMBLPEPS) before submitting his bill. We have also found that the wording of the bill is not clear and tends to water down the quality of the certification all of us have worked so hard to achieve.
So, what to do......
We are asking all Registered Professional Engineers that are licensed in the State of New Mexico to call or send a short polite email to:
Representative Miguel P. Garcia
and to the Speaker of the House:
The Honorable Brian Egolf
and state that you do not approve of the changes called out in House Bill HB-18 and are asking that the bill not be brought to the floor to be voted on. The body of the email could go something like this:
Dear Representative Garcia,
As a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of new Mexico, I want to raise my concerns regarding House Bill HB-18 and state that I do not approve of the proposed language you have inserted.
Therefore, I am asking that you withdraw the bill and seek guidance from the New Mexico Board of Licensure before introducing changes in the future.
XXX XXXX, P.E.
The NMSPE appreciates your involvement regarding the qualifications for becoming and maintaining a PE in the State of New Mexico and trust you will participate to preserve the high standards we have all agreed to meet will not be jeopardized