Friday, January 18, 2008
AZ Termite Inspector Licensing Agency Going Away
If you haven't already heard, the licensing agency for Arizona termite inspectors and pest control professionals is going away - for good. That's right, the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC) is being eliminated.
Amid allegations of "cronyism, inefficiency, overregulation and instability", the executive director was recently fired by the seven member Commission. In protest, the 3 Commission members who voted against firing the executive director have resigned. A committee of Arizona lawmakers have since voted in favor of, and are introducing a bill to disband the SPCC altogether.
Under the new bill, regulation & licensing of pest control professionals, including termite inspectors, will be transferred to the AZ Department of Agriculture. Arizona lawmakers also considered transferring the SPCC's duties to the AZ Registrar of Contractors (ROC) or the AZ Board of Technical Registration (BTR). However, agricultural pest control is already regulated by the AZ Dept. of Agriculture, so they are the most logical choice.
Last I heard, the bill was supposed to be introduced in early January when the AZ Legislature reconvened. While I have not officially seen anything stating the bill has been introduced or approved, I was told by one of my State Representatives in early January that the SPCC's duties will be transferring to the AZ Department of Agriculture. I think he told me a time frame, but I don't remember what it was. So it sounds like a pretty done deal, even if it has not been officially approved. AZ Governor Napolitano mentioned late last year that she would consider the recommendation to get rid of the SPCC, and the State Representative I spoke with did not say the SPCC might go away, he said it was going away. Additionally, the SPCC (like all such agencies) is subject to review every ten years. I believe the SPCC's sunset review is due in June of this year, and even in the absence of other legislation, I don't think the SPCC is expected to be re-authorized or renewed.
So, the "good ole boy network" at an Arizona licensing agency...could it really happen?
Of course, I'm being sarcastic - yes, it really happens and probably more than you'd ever believe. I have personally witnessed the type of abuse of power alleged here at another AZ licensing agency. Luckily, it was not not directed at me personally. However, I would bet that it's much more widespread than the public really knows. That's a real shame since these licensing agencies are intended to protect the public. But when the agency is corrupt, it doesn't protect anybody - it just raises the cost of doing business. And that cost is ultimately passed on to the consumer, which means the licensing agency ends up hurting the very consumers it was supposed to protect.
By the way, I want to apologize to my loyal readers for my recent "vacation" from blogging. Between the holidays, visiting relatives and another project I've been working on, the time has just gotten away from me. But I promise to post again soon. In fact, my friend the AZ Mortgage Guru recently sent me a very interesting article, which got me doing some research on another Arizona licensing agency. And what I found is definitely worth coming back to read. So be sure to check back in a few days and read all about it!
Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on January 18, 2008 | Permalink
All these AZ licensing agencies are a farce. They only exist to take money from hard working people, not to protect the people of Arizona. it's all about money. Too bad more of them aren't being elimnated - I can think of several that need to go.
Posted by: Dave in Goodyear | Jan 19, 2008 11:01:27 AM
Just reading the maze of government regulatory bodies makes my head spin....
I don't know if you need to be sarcastic.. the "in" crowd mentality is definitely real.
Posted by: Shailesh Ghimire | Jan 21, 2008 3:31:06 PM
Good ole boy network and goverment mixed? I am shocked. Good post! I just wonder what we can do about it.
Posted by: Home Inspection | Jan 3, 2011 11:38:08 AM
Nice and very informative post. Pest control is a key measure that should be taken care in every residential as well as commercial building. Pests, primarily termites attack the wood in such a manner that it is destroyed within and you are never aware of. Indeed very useful post and with the subscription I hope there will be too many. Thanks again for writing such a good stuff.
Posted by: west los angeles termite control | Nov 1, 2011 12:44:06 AM
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