The summit meeting was approved in response to concerns expressed by members of MAPPS.

A summit meeting of all affected and interested parties on the issue of state licensing of photogrammetrists and other GIS practitioners will be hosted by MAPPS on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C. The summit is on the day following the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference. The summit meeting was approved by the MAPPS Board of Directors in response to concerns expressed by members of MAPPS. Several states have begun licensing photogrammetrists and other geospatial professionals in their land surveyor laws. In some cases, the states follow the model law proposed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES), which includes a grandfather provision, while others do not. MAPPS has retained lobbyists in several state capitols to assure its members can continue to practice in states that adopt licensing laws. In other states, no process is in place for licensure of individuals with experience in other than boundary surveying after the grandfather period closes. In still others, no means of comity or reciprocity for photogrammetrists licensed in other states is available. Finally, there is no licensing examination for photogrammetry in place in any state. The purpose of the summit meeting is to identify problems with the current state by state legislative process and develop consensus solutions for future action. Look for details in the near future on the MAPPS website, www.mapps.org.