(St. Paul, MN)- A bill to cut down on red tape for Minnesota’s professional engineers passed the Senate today on a 63-0 vote. Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) authored the bill, which would remove the need for an additional license or certification for engineering actions already covered under the professional engineering license.
If signed by the Governor, the new law would only require an additional engineering license if the state has determined that it is necessary in order to safeguard life, health, property, or promote public welfare. The Professional Engineering (PE) license is well grounded in proven education, testing, statute requirements, and ethical standards. Additional licenses only tie down badly-need engineers and lower public confidence in the rigor of a PE license.
“At a time when STEM professions need more workers and more flexibility, we need to make sure that extra red tape isn’t getting in the way of these professionals doing their jobs,” said Sen. Dahle. “This is a common-sense bill that will make Minnesota’s workforce more effective.”
The bipartisan bill will be heard in the House in the coming weeks, where it is expected to pass.
For more information, contact Bryan Wells at 651-296-5561.