by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
Issue Briefing Sheets:
ACTION URGED: Urge Legislature to Adopt the House’s FY’22 Funding Recommendation for the Contract Assistance Line-Item (1599-0093): Briefing Materials
Engineers and Land Surveyors Virtually @ the State House: Briefing Session PPT
Information provided as a courtesy to MALSCE: This issue impacts MALSCE members with PPP loans that do work for MassDOT and certain other state agencies if the members are seeking loan forgiveness for their PPP loans. ACEC has been advocating for a simple fix to clarify that the FAR credits clause will not apply to PPP loans: Principal amounts of qualifying loans forgiven pursuant to the provisions of Section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Pub. L. 116-136) shall not be considered income, a rebate, allowance, or other credit received by or accruing to a contractor under 48 CFR 31.201-5.
Update on the Issue as of 6/10/21 From ACEC: ACEC national has launched a campaign website at www.acec.org/ppp as part of the advocacy effort in Congress. When you check it out, use the email template to reach out to your Member of Congress, or the Twitter template to tweet out a message of support with the hashtag #PPPFairness. Use the template for a letter to the editor to tell your local paper what this issue means for your business.. More posted on: https://www.acecma.org/about/news/acec-updates-on-ppp-loans-far-credits-clause-issue-3363
In addition, ACEC/MA is discussing the issues with MassDOT Audit staff leadership.
Division of Professional Licensure / Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on June 24, 2021 probably on Teams, pending extension laws allowing virtual public meetings like this. To connect to the meeting, go to this page and scroll down to the meeting listing to download the agenda with connection instructions.
Request to Board of Registration: I’ve asked the Board’s Executive Director to add this issue to the June 24 agenda, based on a request I received from a PLS:
“I was wondering if you knew if the BOR is taking action against what seems like nonstop use of drones to advertise land surveying services. That and the rubber stamping I see going on is becoming worse. Here is an example I ran across when looking to help someone find a land surveyor.”
The direct link is: http://alpinax.com/survey/
May 27, 2021 these are not minutes, but a summary: This Board of Registration meeting was held on Teams.
Review / Approved Minutes from March 25, 2021 Public Session
Next Meeting Date – June 24, 2021
Board continued discuss the issues related to converting the PLS/Jurisprudence section (state specific) part of the exam to computer-based testing (CBT)
Board Counsel legal report
ENG Board Executive Director Report:
PLS Interview Report:
Engineering Interview Report:
Land Surveying Exam (Jurisprudence) Results:
Review of Applications:
Good Moral Character (GMC) Discussion
Several moral character issues raised with individuals; they have not responded yet. They had issues out of state but have not provided documentation about resolutions. Otherwise, Board will make a determination
Correspondence: Board also discussed several licensure inquiries
- Public BOR meeting ended at 10 AM -
Excerpts of NCEES memo to Member Boards and testing services with the 1-year notice required by the NCEES Manual of Policy and Position Statements, Exam Development Policy (EDP) 9.
Spring 2022 Exam Changes
PE Civil—The PE Civil exam will have its last paper administration in October 2021. Beginning November 1, 2021, examinees will be able to register and schedule CBT appointments, which will be available year-round starting on April 1, 2022.
Fall 2021 Exam Changes
The October administration will be a two-day event with some exams offered on Thursday, October 21 and some on Friday, October 22. More information is available here: https://ncees.org/october-2021-exam-administration-updates/. The fall pencil-and-paper exams will be administered on October 21 and 22, 2021.
The COVID-19 state of emergency lifted on June 16 ending most of the executive orders Gov. Charlie Baker put in place to force restrictions and special allowances during the 15-month-long crisis
Late on the night of June 15, the legislature passed a bill (S 2475) would allow remote meetings of public bodies until April 20, 2022, and it includes language that says if the law does not take effect until after the emergency's end, "a public body may provide for remote meetings as specified in this section and any action taken thereof shall be ratified, validated and confirmed as if this section had been in place."
The bill also:
The governor has until June 17 to act on a bill (H 3827) on his desk that would steer $5.3 billion in federal aid into a new Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund. Last week the Legislature passed the bill to move the state's lump sum of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal assistance into a "segregated fund" to be appropriated separately from the state budget process. The Governor’s office has suggested it is not on board with the Legislature's plan, maintaining that the discretionary funding does not require legislative appropriation.
June 7, 2021: House and Senate leaders named a conference committee to negotiate a final FY2022 budget bill, tasking the six lawmakers with reaching a compromise on a more than $47.7B spending plan that includes major policy changes including those affecting a controversial film tax credit program and fees on ride-hailing companies. (see Urge Legislature to Adopt the House’s FY’22 Funding Recommendation for the Contract Assistance Line-Item (1599-0093): Briefing Materials)
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