by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
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 Abbie Goodman discussed some of the unintended consequences of this new municipal lobbying ordinance with Boston CIty Council President Michelle Wu in May and is working in coalition with NAIOP on issues of concern to design professionals.
The 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.
If you have questions about this new ordinance's impact on your work for public or private clients in Boston, email us. We will keep firm names out of the questions raised, but we still need your examples
In late May, Diane Symonds, DPL Commissioner, announced a new Executive Director of these three board of registration: Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, and Occupational Schools, Matthew Keigan, effective immediately. Previously, Matt was the Executive Director of OPSI licensing, MSAC, and Regulated Activities. Matt joined DPL/ Office of Public Safety in June of 2018 and helped his team transition fully into DPL. Prior to joining the Baker Administration, Matt worked for 16 years in the investment banking industry. He has a Finance/Accounting Degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College. He is expected to attend the July 27, 2019 meeting of the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
As some of you may know, I've been tracking Total Licensed MA Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 2003.
Massachusetts Law Requiring Professional Engineers on Natural Gas Projects
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.
The next meeting of the Board of Registration is on June 27, 2019, so the information below is from the May meeting:
Abbie Goodman attended the May meeting of the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors and briefed Board members about status of the regulatory process for the natural gas bill (see above).
The Board discussed the exam score results sheet for the April 2019 Jurisprudence exam.
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on June 27, 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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