MALSCE Government Affairs Update - December 2020
by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
Legislation to establish a constituent-driven program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal management of the coastal region became law on December 18, 2020, when President Trump signed S. 1069, the Digital Coast Act More
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on January 28, 2021 on GoToMeeting. To connect to the meeting, go to this page on January 26 to download the agenda with connection instructions.
December 22 Board of Registration Meeting Highlights - these are not minutes, but a summary: This Board of Registration meeting was held by GoToMeeting. Some Board members and DPL staff were able to be seen during this virtual meeting.
Review / Approved Minutes from November 19, 2020 Public Session
The following people outside the Board of Registration offered their thanks to Dennis Drumm for his long time service on the Board of Registration
Board Counsel Legal Report:
Consumer Affairs has regulations under review, nothing new to report
Executive Director Report:
Review of Applications:
Public section concluded at approximately 10:12. The Board reconvened in Executive Session regarding some complaints against licensed professionals.
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Return to Formal Session to finish FY2021 budget and some other bills:
Links to budget and certain other bills in conference committees of interest to us:
FISCAL 2021 GENERAL BUDGET Bill: https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/ConferenceCommittee
The version of the budget with the Governor’s vetoes not yet available
Bills: S 2500 and H 4933
House Vote: July 31, 142-17
Senate Vote: Jan. 30, 36-2
House Conferees: Thomas Golden, Patricia Haddad, Brad Jones
Senate Conferees: Michael Barrett, Cindy Creem, Patrick O'Connor
Date Sent to Conference: Aug. 6, 2020
Bills: S 2874 and H 4887
House Vote: July 28, 156-3
Senate Vote: June 29, 40-0
House Conferees: Aaron Michlewitz, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Donald Wong
Senate Conferees: Eric Lesser, Michael Rodrigues, Patrick O'Connor
Date Sent to Conference: July 30, 2020
Bills: H 4547 and S 2836
House Vote: March 5, 150-1
Senate Vote: July 16, 36-4
House Conferees: William Straus, Mark Cusack, Norman Orrall
Senate Conferees: Joseph Boncore, Michael Rodrigues, Dean Tran
Date Sent to Conference: July 23, 2020
Dig Safe: :No change since March: Dig Safe Bills reported favorably in House and Senate, sent to respective Ways & Means Committees
MBTA Budget Issues: The MBTA faces increased pressure from stakeholders not to make the service cuts it proposed to deal with a large FY2022 budget deficit (est. $308M)
Transportation Finance Bill – no new action expected: House finalized their version of bill on March 4, with 5 cent gas tax, corporate tax, TNC fees.
Transportation Revenue Debate Summary - Debate on this bill, formerly H. 4508, concluded in the House on 3/5/2020. This bill is now in the Massachusetts Senate, where its fate is unknown due to the huge strains on the state's revenues because of COVID-19. The new bill is now H4530 and is in the Senate Committee on Ways and Means
A Bill We Oppose: Transparent Business bill sent to study as previously reported. With a formal budget process underway post-November 3, we need to watch out for this being filed as an amendment. We also expect to see a refile in January 2021.
No change since March: City of Boston Municipal Lobbying Registration
Two current city councilors, Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell, both recently announced their intentions to run for Mayor of Boston in 2021. Mayor Walsh has not yet announced his plans. As a result, we are unlikely to see any effort to fix the problem our members can face with the current wording of the lobbying ordinance: Design professionals attending meetings with clients on development projects with city of Boston will probably have to register as lobbyists if expressing an opinion that could be construed as advocating for or against a project
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