by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
On February 14, 2019, the Massachusetts State Senate President, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashand) and the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Representative Robert DeLeo appointed their leadership teams, committee chairs and committee members.
Here are links to those leadership and committees:
In addition: House Minority Leader Brad Jones completed the committee assignments for his 32-person Republican caucus in late January.
MALSCE, ACEC/MA, and UCANE worked together to have the Dig-Safe billed (version that was in House Committee on Ways & Means at the end of 2018) refiled in both the House and Senate for this legislative session. As of February 17, 2019, the House and Senate Dockets for the bill have been posted and they will be to a legislative committee and assigned bill numbers shortly.
For now, you can find the bills here:
HD2772 - An Act to relative to improving public safety in excavation
Sponsor: Rep Antonio F. D. Cabral (D)
SD1303 - An Act to relative to improving public safety in excavation
Sponsor: Senator Brendan P. Crighton (D)
Thank you to MALSCE leaders who helped us request additional co-sponsors in both the House and Senate, greatly helping in promotion of this bill. Co-sponsors are listed on the web links for the House and Senate Dockets above.
We'll have additional updates on other bills of interest to MALSCE members soon.
On Monday, December 31, 2018, the Senate passed An Act ensuring the safety and soundness of the commonwealth’s natural gas infrastructure, previously passed by the House, and Governor Baker signed it into law as Chapter 339 of the Acts of 2018..
This new law includes an emergency preamble and takes effect immediately.
Abbie Goodman attended the January meeting of the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors and briefed Board members about the natural gas bill (see above).
The Board discussed the exam score results sheet for the October 2018 Jurisprudence exam.
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on February 28, 2019. Issues will probably include:
As a reminder, these are additional steps on continuing professional competency regulations:
Gubernatorial appointment requests:
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
--posted by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE External Affairs Chief
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