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Doyle signs landscape architect bill into law

Gov. Jim Doyle on Thursday signed a bill into law requiring a license to practice landscape architecture in Wisconsin.

The bill — authored by state Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, and state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison — upgrades the definition of a certified landscape architect in the state to a licensed landscape architect.

To gain licensure, a landscape architect applicant must take a three-day, 24-hour test given by the state’s Joint Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Professional Engineers. The Landscape Architect Accreditation Board then would grant or reject the certification.

The law exempts licensing requirements for biologists; professional geologists; professional soil scientists; people who work on their own property; and people who plan the selection, placement or use of plants or site features, such as sculptures.

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