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Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House - Updates Since May 13, 2014

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Engineers and Land Surveyors Day at the State House

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:45 AM - 12:00 Noon

 

Engineers, land surveyors and other design professionals met with our Massachusetts state legislators. at the State House on May 13, 2014. 

 

Issue briefing sheets:

 

Summary Sheet on all 4 issues

 

Additional Resource Materials:

Joint Committee on the Judiciary Link

Raising the Grade in Massachusetts - 2014 Progress Report

Raisng the Grade in Massachusetts - original brochure

 

 

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 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 and design-related associations.  These organizations co-sponsored the day:

 

  • 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)
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We arranged for meetings with our members’ Massachusetts State Representatives and State Senators based on where our members live and vote. 

 

Our advocacy focused on these issues:

Water Infrastructure Funding

Transportation Funding

Good Samaritan Law for Design Professionals and Contractors

Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability

 

People Registered on:   http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx
to confirm the names of their State Senator and State Representative, based on where they live/vote.  They needed this information for online registration.
Then, they registered online:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELS-Day-2014

 

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 350, Legislative Briefing with Rep. Paul Brodeur 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

For Our 2015 Event: 

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 Engineers and Land Surveyors Day  at the State House.

Join us for one of three, free, optional Issues Briefing Sessions at The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street, Boston on:

Advance Briefing Sessions (in person at TEC or online)

Wednesday, May 7 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 8 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Friday, May 9 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  617/227-5551 or tecet@engineers.org

 

An important part of our Advocacy efforts is Engineers and Land Surveyors 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:  http://www.malegislature.gov/

 

 

 
 
 
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