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MALSCE News - September 2011

Type:  Featured News  

MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

(from the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers)

September 2011


To register online for MALSCE seminars and programs at the MALSCE member rate, you must login using your MALSCE assigned username and password.  If you do not know your MALSCE member login information, contact Diana Gadsby at 617/227-5551 or   dgadsby@engineers.org


Register Today:  MALSCE 2011 Convention, Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA, September 23-24, Great Speakers, Exhibitors, Networking:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10697&pid=10386


Land Court Reduces Office Hours

Beginning on Monday, September 19, 2011, the Land Court in Boston will be closed from 8:30 to 10 AM, Monday - Friday.  More information:  https://bitly.com/rnZRxY

Link to notice:  Notice 


Government Affairs Alert:  Proposed Massachusetts Ballot Question Would Constrain Water and Sewer Operations and Maintenance

Action Requested:  Don’t Sign Petitions That Would Limit Water and Sewer Rates

Oppose: Petition Number 11-10:  A Petition for a Law Limiting the Amount by which Water and Sewer Rates May be Raised  More on this issue:  http://bit.ly/ActionAlert-9-16-2011

Petition No. 11-10 proposes a law to limit the amount by which water or sewer rates may be raised to an amount not greater than 2.5% annually and allowing for an override or approval of the rate increase by a ballot election in effected municipalities. 

ACTION REQUESTED:  This potential ballot question is of concern to MALSCE and municipal colleagues.  We will be following actions taken on this question closely, but wanted to make you aware of it now.  Please Don’t Sign a Petition to put 11-10 on the Ballot. Do discuss this issue with your colleagues and urge them NOT to sign a petition that would put this question on the ballot.

More on this issue:  http://bit.ly/ActionAlert-9-16-2011

Status of 2011-2012 Petitions filed with Attorney General’s office:  https://bitly.com/nzY1TU 


Bill H.254, An Act preserving public trust rights in land affected by ocean erosion, is currently in the House Committee on Third Reading
This bill is moving quickly, but needs some clarification.  Can you help MALSCE by providing examples and input? Contact Abbie Goodman, agoodman@engineers.org  with your suggestions

Bill Text:  http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H00254

Chapter 91 (not official version):  http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter91


RISPLS Petitions NCEES  for the Removal of “Engineering Surveys” from the NCEES Model Law:  http://rispls.org/pdfs/RISPLS-PetitionForTheRemovalOfEngineeringSurveys-08242011a.pdf

SB 1985, Dam safety, repair and removal bill, passed in the MA Senate in August.  This bill, formerly SB 367, was one of our priorities on Design Professionals Day at the State House earlier this year. SB 1985 is now in the House Ways and Means Committee.   https://bitly.com/q6YNWH

MassPort to Offer One Time CST (Certified Survey Technician) Testing, Sign up for a seat for the CST Exam, More:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10779&pid=10386


NSPS News and Views is now a weekly E-news bulletin.  Subscribe online, even if you are not a current NSPS member.  Link to sign up:   http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?nsps


NSPS immediately to proceed with realignment into a unified organization:  http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/nsps/Organization.pdf


Update on the latest news from Coalition to Save Our GPS

Rallies Being Held to Protect Our GPS Nationwide on September 22.  Organize Your Own Local Rally, see MALSCE Updates from the Coalition:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10722&pid=10386 

For Media assistance, contact agoodman@engineers.org

About the Coalition to Save Our GPS Coalition:  http://www.saveourgps.org/


Spotlight on Surveying video produced by NSPS and NCEES for presentation on PBS stations nationwide:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10760&pid=10386


ACSM Radio Hour each Monday at 11 AM features national speakers with Host Curt Sumner for a discussion of key issues affecting surveyors nationwide.  Listen live, 11 AM Eastern:  www.americaswebradio.com    Click the listen icon on the home page
Past Shows:  


Key Dates  (see  http://www.malsce.org  for details)

9/15-16/2011,  VSLS 2011 Annual Conference,  http://www.vsls.org/


9/24/2011, MALSCE Board Meeting at the Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA, 7:00 AM, http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10697&pid=10386


9/23-24/2011, MALSCE 2011 Convention on Cape Cod, at the Cape Codder in Hyannis, More information:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10697&pid=10386


10/22/2011, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, Schofield Brothers, Framingham, MA


11/4/2011, CALS 2011 Convention,  http://ctsurveyors.org/


11/18/2011, RISPLS 2011 Convention, Details TBA, http://www.rispls.org


11/22/2011, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


12/1-2/2011, NHPLS 2011 Convention at Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH    http://www.nhlsa.org/ 


12/17/2011, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, The Engineering Center, Boston, MA


1/24/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


2/25/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, Schofield Brothers, Framingham, MA


3/22/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


4/21/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, The Engineering Center, Boston, MA


5/8/2012, Design Professionals Day at the State House


5/22/2012, 3 PM, MALSCE Board Teleconference


6/23/2012, 9 AM, MALSCE Board of Directors Meeting, Schofield Brothers, Framingham, MA


See  www.malsce.org  for more on these events and news you can use. 





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