MALSCE Government Affairs Update - November 2020
by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
PE and PLS totals by discipline up to and through 11/4/2020: There are now 754 Professional Land Surveyors licensed in Massachusetts: Download the report provided by The Engineering Center Education Trust, in cooperation with the Division of Professional Licensure: https://files.engineers.org/file/Engineer-Totals-By-Discipline-Up-To-And-Thru-11-4-2020-Some-Alternate-Years-For-Readability.pdf
The next Board of Registration meeting will be on December 22, 2020 on GoToMeeting. To connect to the meeting, go to this page on December 20 to download the agenda with connection instructions.
November 19 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.
Board Counsel Legal Report:
Executive Director's Report:
Review of Applications:
In order to be eligible for a Designer License, including any renewal thereof, an individual:
In order to be eligible for an Installer License or Limited Installer, including any renewal thereof, an individual, in addition to the requirements of 310 CMR 15.019:
- End of public session of Board of Registration -
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
Bills: H 5151 and S 2955
House Vote: Nov. 12, 143-14
Senate Vote: Nov. 18, 40-0
House Conferees: Aaron Michlewitz, Denise Garlick, Todd Smola
Senate Conferees: Michael Rodrigues, Cindy Friedman, Patrick O'Connor
Date Sent to Conference: Nov. 23, 2020
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; MBTA Seeks Rider Input on Service Priorities, Schedules
Forging Ahead Public Meetings
The MBTA faces a large FY2022 budget deficit (est. $308M) with plans to reduce some service and move some capital budget funding to the operating budget. The MBTA needs input: MBTA customers are encouraged to go online and provide feedback, or to participate in virtual public meetings, including an Official Public Hearing, where they can provide input and ask questions of MBTA officials. Each meeting will focus on a specific region within the MBTA’s service area. Details and schedule for a series of virtual public hearings that began on 11/10/2020 about proposed MBTA Service Cuts here: https://www.mbta.com/forging-ahead
November 30, 2020 at 6 PM - 8 PM: Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Bristol (Region 8)
The MBTA is still looking at a huge FY2022 budget deficit (estimated at $308 million) with plans to reduce some service and move some capital budget funding to the operating budget. While the MBTA is still hoping for help through a federal bill, the T has to plan for no federal help, with severe drops in ridership, particularly on commuter rail and ferry service. Members of ACEC/MA’s MBTA Partnering Committee will be working on this issue.
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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