It appears to be a smoke screen for his desire to expand government inside the Secretary of State’s office, while also cutting the Secretary of State out of the loop. At the same time Ben Harbin is attacking Karen Handel for cutting 20% of her budget to avoid furloughing staff, Harbin is introducing the heavily lobbied for HB 1117. Former Secretary of State Handel opposed the legislation while in office.
The legislation would strip from the Secretary of State’s office the regulatory oversight of engineers and create a licensing board of the engineers, by the engineers, and for the engineers. The group would still have minor obligations under the Secretary of State’s office and should there be a scandal I’m sure the Secretary of State will get the blame, but the Secretary of State will have no say in who the executive director is, etc.
You will not be surprised to learn that just prior to the start of this legislative session, Ben Harbin received a health dose of contributions from engineers, related lobbyists, and the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Who knew getting legislation was so easy. Everyone learns in school that it takes time and effort. They left out the part about campaign contributions, female lobbyists in short skirts, and the occasional DUI.