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Illinois Senate Exempts Photogrammetry, GIS/LIS From Surveyors' Licensing Bill 04.09.2003

April 9, 2003
The bill would have required that only land surveyors perform numerous photogrammetry, GIS and LIS services in Illinois.

A bill that would have included photogrammetry, geographic information systems and land information systems within the practice of land surveying in the State of Illinois has been amended through the efforts of MAPPS.

Senate Bill 698 passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday, April 3 with the MAPPS language added in Amendment 3. The amendment exempts photogrammetric services and removes references to geographic information systems and land information systems within the practice of land surveying.

"SB 698, as originally introduced, would have required that only land surveyors perform numerous photogrammetry, GIS and LIS services in Illinois, without any provision for grandfathering current practitioners. It literally would have legislated dozens of firms out of business in Illinois," according to MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. "The bill did not follow the NCEES model law, nor the recommendations of the task force created by MAPPS, ASPRS, ACSM, NSPS, ASCE, particularly with regard to a grandfather provision."

MAPPS retained Mr. Andrew M. Raucci, a lobbyist who works in Springfield, the Illinois capitol, to seek amendments to SB 698.