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Design Professionals Day at the State House 2012

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Design Professionals Day at the State House

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 8:45 AM - 12:00 Noon  

Resources for May 8; background for the May 2, 3, 4 Briefing Sessions

PDF of Powerpoint Presentation  


Updated Briefing Sheets (updated on May 4, 2012)




Register by May 4 at: 


On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, engineers, land surveyors and related professionals gathered at the Massachusetts State House for our Annual Design Professionals Day at the State House along with leaders from other engineering and design-related associations. 


Schedule for the day: 

8:45 - 9:40 AM


Registration/Breakfast (continental) and receive materials at The Engineering Center, additional briefing at 9:10 AM
9:40 AM Walk to State House, go through Security
10 - 10:30 AM At the State House, Room TBA, Legislative and Issues Briefing
10:45 (Senate) and 11:30 AM (House)   Scheduled meetings with your state legislatorsa and staff at the State House
12:00 Noon Finish at the State House, return to TEC with any materials; potential Networking Lunch Program


Co-sponsors of Design Professionals Day at the State House:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA)
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE (BSCES)
  • Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE)


We arrange for meetings with our members’ Massachusetts State Representatives and State Senators based on where our members live and vote.  Since the new legislative session just started in January 2011, we are currently identifying  the priority bills for this year, but our advocacy will focus generally on these issues:


We set up meetings for you with your legislators.  Or, if you are new to the event and want to partner with others who have done this before, we’ll pair you up with engineers and land surveyors and you’ll join them for their legislative appointments.


We hold advance issue briefing sessions to help you prepare to discuss the issues.  You can participate in an issue briefing session at The Engineering Center or by conference call.


Briefing Sessions for Design Professionals Day at the State House 

Discuss the issues & plan how to get the most from your meetings before Design Professionals Day at the State House being held on May 8, 2012.  Join us for one of three, free, optional Issues Briefing Sessions at TEC, One Walnut Street, Boston on:

  • Wednesday, May 2, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 3, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Friday, May 4, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Lobbying in Massachusetts:
Recent changes in the lobbying laws over the past few years have the effect of sweeping some activities into the category of "lobbying" which previously may not have been considered lobbying.   As long as you are participating in Design Professionals Day as a representative of at least one of our associations, discussing the issues set for the day, you do not have to register as a lobbyist.
For more on the law, go to:    /index.cfm?pid=10269

Questions?  Contact  Bailey Boykan at 617/227-5551 or  or


An important part of our Advocacy efforts is Design Professionals Day; the one day each year when we as a profession gather in force at the State House and present our industry's viewpoints in person to our local legislators. It is a chance for each of us to meet with your State Representative and State Senator to discuss issues pertinent to our industry, to you as an individual professional, and to you as a citizen. We coordinate this event annually to promote communications with our state legislators, arranging appointments, providing briefing sheets on key issues for ACEC/MA, BSCES and MALSCE members to utilize, and establishing teams of local residents to meet with their actual legislators.

The Massachusetts General Court (Legislature) website:


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