NYSSPE April 2017 Update on Land Surveyor Legislation

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) legislative update on the current status of legislation proposed by land surveyors in New York State in an effort to “redefine” the profession of land surveying. This legislation has been around, in one form or another, for many years, and NYSSPE continues to monitor it closely.  The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you:

  • [0:06] A. Fasano gives a brief overview on the land surveyor legislation.
  • [0:31] M. Kriss describes the history of this legislation as well as the history of engineers and land surveyors working together in New York State.  Mark describes the “N exemption,” which was a way for these professions to cross over in years past.
  • [1:37] M. Kriss discusses how the current legislation seeks to allow land surveyors to perform, “minor engineering,” which NYSSPE is opposed to.
  • [1:55] M. Kriss describes current conversations that are happening around improving the requirements for becoming a land surveyor, with which NYSSPE has no objection.
  • [2:13] A. Fasano emphasizes that NYSSPE is always open and interested in working with and supporting other professions, just like NYSSPE assisted the geologists with becoming licensed, however NYSSPE never wants to see professions trying to do work that another profession should be doing.

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  1. […] [0:35] M. Kriss describes the first item, the Land Surveyor’s legislation which does attempt to add more educational requirements for becoming a surveyor, but has also, in NYSSPE’s opinion, included verbiage that would expand the practice of surveying into engineering.  Click here for a past detailed video on this topic. […]

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