by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
Kicking Off 2019 Engineers & Land Surveyors Day @ the State House + Water's Worth It Day: From left: Bruce Jacobs (BSCES Sr VP), Jennifer Pederson (Mass Water Works Association), Mike Walsh (ACEC/MA President, CDM Smith), Jennifer Howe (ACEC/MA President-Elect, SMMA), State Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), Dennis Baker (ACEC/MA Senior VP, WSP), Darren Hardy (MALSCE President, WSP), Ariela Lovett (MMA), Paul Foley (MALSCE Past-President, Feldman), Abbie Goodman (TECET, ACEC/MA, MALSCE)
On Tuesday, May 22, 2019, ACEC/MA, BSCES, and MALSCE members gathered at the Massachusetts State House for our Annual Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House along with leaders from other engineering, design-related associations and public works professionals.
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 earlier this month.
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 need your examples
Undersecretary Edward A. Palleschi recently announced several leadership appointments in the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and its regulatory agency the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL).
Charles S. Borstel has been promoted to Deputy Undersecretary for OCABR. Borstel has served as DPL Commissioner since 2015. In this new role, he will provide operational leadership for OCABR, which oversees five regulatory agencies that have a combined operating budget of over $76 million and together have approximately 600 employees.
Diane Symonds has been named DPL Commissioner, effective March 25, 2019. Symonds brings executive experience spanning nonprofit, private and public sectors – at both the state and federal level. Neldy Jean-Francois, currently serving as Deputy Commissioner, will expand her role to become 1st Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff.
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 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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