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Wendell
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December 31, 2018 11:17 am  

On Friday, December 28, 2018, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman declared that certain parts of Oregon's state law and its administrative rules governing engineering practices violate the First Amendment. The case was originally filed by Mats Järlström of Beaverton against the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.

For more information, read the article at the Oregon Live website here.

Read the ruling here.

OSBEELS previously conceded to violating free speech here.

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December 31, 2018 11:39 am  

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December 31, 2018 11:45 am  

Not at all suprising. Glad to see they left the essentials intact. 

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December 31, 2018 12:37 pm  

It's time that state boards turn their attention to protecting the public and away from protecting the professions like a jealous four year old. 


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A Harris
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December 31, 2018 12:57 pm  

The whole thing brings to mind that medical nurse and hair stylist and manicurists must become certified for each state they work in as if there is any special purpose needed to be able to perform their services differently where ever they may apply their training, especially for their own needs and to assist people in an emergency.

I know doctors and nurses who would never stop and give aid to people after accidents because their current insurance would not cover them outside their clinic. Too many have been sued and lost most everything because a person they tried to help did not fully recover or past away after them giving aid on the side of the highway or in a store or on a sidewalk.

An engineer, lawyer, surveyor and other professionals have specialized training in their own fields and have wisdom to see wrongs in this world and to censor them for speaking their peace and educating the judicial system is unjust.

Also, never tell anyone that you will call them back and not call them back. That opens up a whole new can of worms you don't want to deal with. You got to say you can not help them and leave it at that.

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December 31, 2018 3:22 pm  

I know doctors and nurses who would never stop and give aid to people after accidents because their current insurance would not cover them outside their clinic. Too many have been sued and lost most everything because a person they tried to help did not fully recover or past away after them giving aid on the side of the highway or in a store or on a sidewalk.

https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/good-samaritan-statutes-are-medical-volunteers-protected/2004-04

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December 31, 2018 4:21 pm  

https://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=6498405&page=1

https://biotech.law.lsu.edu/map/AssistingatAccidents.html

When I was 19 I stopped and found my friend beside the highway about a mile from home where he had hit one of my uncle's black angus cows. I stopped and he got up and crawled into my car and I drove him 4mi to the emergency room. I almost went to jail for helping him had it not been that another uncle that was Sheriff and had me take an oath and promised him to not ever do it again.

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Bill93
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December 31, 2018 5:01 pm  

Most states have some form of Good Samaritan law that makes volunteer assistance immune if there is no recklessness.

Some even require bystanders to provide assistance they are capable of, even if that is just calling 911.


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Bill93
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December 31, 2018 5:05 pm  

I almost went to jail for helping him

On what charge??


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December 31, 2018 5:38 pm  

Isn't here a case pending in Mississippi where a couple of old loan officers got together, formed a company, and are now peddling aerial photos with colored lines representing boundaries - using the same impinging their right to free speech defense ?

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December 31, 2018 6:11 pm  

It's not free speech if they are selling it.


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December 31, 2018 10:35 pm  

If this case is at all instructive for Mississippi, the loan officers will lose...

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January 1, 2019 5:45 am  

@Bill93

The Doctor, owner and administrator (Dr Merrit) of the hospital and ambulance service wanted to charge me with hindering the aid of the medical team sent for my friend.

The ambulance (station wagon type like from Ghost Busters) was pulling out of the front of the parking lot of the Hospital when I arrived at the Emergency Room at the back of the Hospital.

Evidently Kyle had a head like a rock. He was released hours later with a bruised ego a mild concussion as his father was not going to pay for a nights stay in the hospital.

Six weeks earlier he and two of my first cousins were leaving Mineola at a high rate of speed and hit a curb,went airborne and hit the top of a power pole being downhill and 100+ft away and he came out with a mild concussion and one cousin had a hip pointer and my other cousin had a plate in the back of his skull. Together Kyle had totaled two 1964 Chevrolet Malibu SS Hardtop Coupes in less than 3months, killed a registered Black Angus cow and burnt a hole in his fathers pocket.

All three went from graduation directly into boot camp. Kyle, navy and Roger, army and Jerry, AirForce.

The hometown Dr Merrit would not allow me into his clinic after that.

I'm not heartless, I've stopped several times as first on scene and got out and looked in on car crash victims and dialed 911 and gave my impression of what I could see of their condition, talked to the ones that were conscious and directed traffic until the professionals arrived, give them my card and I went to my truck and drove away. All I could do to help was to contact their relatives and let them know to get to the hospital.

There are laws on the books and a moral code that a person with abilities should stop and aid the injured and that anyone should do what they can for them.

Bottom line is that the victims or their survivors can bring suit against those people that do or do not aid the victims and the DA can decide to bring charges when a judge is willing to rule that they will hear the case and the lawyers behind the victim have the connections and firepower to bring it.

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Dave Karoly
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January 1, 2019 10:32 am  

In California "Engineer" and "Surveyor" are not reserved titles. Add "Civil" and "Land" respectively to the front and then they are reserved titles.

Sometime in the 80s or 90s the local agencies revised their Civil Engineering Technician classifications to Engineering Technician because of this. My Father was an EIT "Assistant Civil Engineer" in the 1950s which is a non-compliant classification title so they are now "Assistant Engineer." "Associate Civil Engineer" is acceptable because this class typically requires a PE license. The State has non-compliant classifications such as "Civil Engineering Associate" but maybe the Board doesn't have authority over State agencies.

Caltrans created new classifications Transportation Engineer and Transportation Surveyor and those are not reserved titles.

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Tim V. PLS
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January 1, 2019 12:46 pm  

My view on this evolved as the case proceeded. Previous comments on this topic continued to inform my view.

My initial knee-jerk reaction that Mr. Järlström shouldn't use the term engineer to describe himself was wrong. That initial view also was inconsistent with my thoughts on other topics.

Humbly I admit I was wrong. 

 

 

I might have to show this to my wife... "Look, babe. See, I can admit I was wrong..."


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