by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
Attached is an Order from the Department of Public Utilities, docket 19-43, issued July 18, 2019 adopting emergency revisions to the Dig Safe Regulations, 220 CMR 99.00. The new regulations are attached to the Order.These new regulations take effect July 18, 2019 and will remain in effect for three months, by which time the Department will receive public comment and issue a final version of the regulations. The Department seeks initial written comments on the Emergency Regulations no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2019. The Department seeks reply written comments on the Emergency Regulations no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. ACTION For MALSCE Members: Please let Abbie Goodman know if you have particular comments on these draft regulations by August 21, 2019.
H.2815, An Act relative to improving public safety in excavation, was reported out favorably from the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in late July. The bill is now in the House Committee on Ways and Means
Please reach out to your state legislators now, based on where you live/vote and ask them to support favorable action on this bill. Let them know that this is important for public safety, climate resiliency projects, your town and your professional practice.
To reach your legislator's State House office to call, schedule a local meeting or find out when they next have local office hours, click here.
To view the fact sheet on the bill from our May 2019 Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House, click here.
If you have questions, contact Abbie Goodman.
On 4/17, the City launched a registration portal for lobbyists in Boston. Boston's municipal lobbying ordinance aims to further promote good governance and transparency in the city and requires lobbyists, lobbyist entities and lobbying clients to register with the Boston City Clerk's Office. Additional information and registration fees are available online.
MALSCE's External Affairs Chief and ACEC/MA Executive Director Abbie Goodman is working in coalition with NAIOP on issues of concern to design professionals. Here's a copy of the letter and the legal memo that the coalition delivered to Mayor Walsh and Boston CIty Councillors last month.
The Boston Lobbying Ordinance uses a very broad definition for lobbying that may include some work done by engineers, land surveyors and other design professionals working on public and private sector projects in Boston. ACEC/MA, working in coalition with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Greater Boston Real Estate Board, NAIOP and others, is seeking clarifications and guidance on this issue that it will share with MALSCE leadership.
On July 25, 2019, the Baker-Polito Administration filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide. The authorization would be used to fund existing programs as well as several new initiatives designed to lessen impacts from roadway congestion and ensure reliable travel throughout the Commonwealth.
On July 30, 2019, the House, followed by the Senate, assigned this bill to the Joint Committee on Transportation, which may hold a hearing on this bill in September. The transportation bond bill will be first heard by the Joint Committee on Transportation, followed by a hearing before the House Bonding Committee, before going to the House Ways and Means Committee and then to the full House for a vote. Following the House vote, the bill would then be reviewed and acted on in the Senate.
This bill is now H4002
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The next meeting of the Board of Registration is on August 22, 2019, so the information below is from the July meeting:
Abbie Goodman attended the July 25, 2019 meeting of the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. It was the first public meeting for the Board's new public member Shannon Slaughter, Esq,
The board discussed a draft flowchart that outlines the licensure process. The board and DPL staff are working to develop this flowchart as an aid to potential licensees.
In addition, the board discussed several requests for guidance regarding 250 CMR 5.01(2)
about performing survey work incidental to engineering work and limitations, as well as draft frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding a Civil PE certifying site plan which references a property line
determination that was previously completed by a PLS. The board will continue this discussion at the August meeting.
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on August 22 25, 2019. Issues will probably include:
As a reminder, these are additional steps on continuing professional competency regulations:
Additional resource links:
250 CMR –version as finalized through the Secretary of State’s office as of 2-10-2017
Scroll down to separate sections of 259 CMR
Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, Registered Architects and other Design Professionals living in and licensed in Massachusetts are sought after to serve on certain public boards and commissions created under state law or by regulations. This is an opportunity to participate directly in government, by providing your professional expertise to help shape public policy for the benefit of residents. For more on serving and how to apply, see this link: https://www.engineers.org/get-involved/public-boards-commissions
Gubernatorial appointment requests:
--posted by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE External Affairs Chief
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