Legislative Advocacy

     

    MSPE's Executive Director, Bruce Wylie, is a registered lobbyist and MSPE contracts with a governmental consultant, Mark Rhoads, to represent MSPE full time in the state capitol during legislative sessions.  We publish weekly e-legislative updates during legislative session which runs each year from January through mid-May. MSPE may have legislation introduced, support legislation by others and oppose legislation detrimental to the engineering profession. We ask that all MSPE members establish and maintain contact with their state representative and state senator. See how to find your legislator with the links at the bottom of this page.   

     

    END OF 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION INFO   

    SUMMER UPDATE 2017 

    MSPE’s government relations activities are still in full-swing even though the legislature isn’t in session. So far this summer, MSPE has been following the Missouri 21st Century Transportation and the Boards and Commissions task forces appointed by Governor Eric Greitens as well as taking steps to reinvigorate the society’s Past President’s Committee on Appointments. 

    The primary aim at reinvigorating MSPE’s special committee on appointments is to help identify members willing to be appointed to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects since many of the current board members are serving expired terms – including four on the Engineering Division - and the governor is ready to start making new appointments. 

    Executive Director Bruce Wylie attended the Missouri 21st Century Transportation Task Force inaugural meeting in Jefferson City.  Notable names appointed to this task force are MSPE member Gretchen Ivy, P.E. of HNTB and Dale Williams, P.E., from the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. A complete list of Task Force members is listed online at  http://www.senate.mo.gov/mttf/.  This Task Force is charged with creating a proposal for funding transportation needs that will be introduced in January 2018. 

    In its early meetings, Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna discussed the transportation landscape. Now, the task force is meeting monthly in different parts of the state with different “themes” for each. The expected format for each meeting will include: Introductions, MoDOT Overview, Informational Presentations, Area Transportation System Update, Public Testimony, Members’ Discussion. 

    Future Meeting Dates/Places/Topics are planned for: Sept. 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Kirksville

    The Future of Transportation - beyond roads and bridges (other modes, transit, etc.)

    Oct. 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m., St. Louis - AASHTO overview of state and federal infrastructure activity; traffic safety

    Nov. 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Cape Girardeau -Working Session; Informational topic TBD

    Dec. 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Columbia - Wrap up and working session.

    MSPE members are strongly encouraged to attend the meetings and testify. 

    Created by Executive Order in April, the task force on Boards and Commissions was formed to evaluate the purpose and results of each existing board and commission, determine itseffectiveness and identify opportunities to eliminate, consolidate, or modify. Recommendations are due no later than October 31, 2017.

    Most of the input to the task force has been from the various boards’ staffs. MSPE has been monitoring the proceedings through its contacts with our registration board. At MoAPEPLSPLA’s request, MSPE has issued a letter of support to keep the Geologists Registration Board intact since it mirrors MoAPEPLSPLA’s mission of protecting public health, safety and welfare through examination and registration and is self-sustaining. 

    At the society’s August Executive Committee meeting, Past President Kevin Skibiski, P.E., who chairs the Engineering Division of Registration Board, reported when RSMO Chapter 327 statute changes were made in 2014 to update the practice act, the enabling rules were submitted, but did not get reviewed by the Nixon administration, and were sent back to the Board in December 2016. Because of this, the new administration is requiring all statutes and rules be reviewed, and public hearings on proposed changes held to take any comments. All boards and commissions have been told to remove unnecessary rule language including words such as “shall” or “must” where applicable.  MoAPEPLSPLA will re-submit the proposed rules with the requested editing while still conveying the intent of RSMo Chapter 327 and the Board Rules. 

    The 2017 Lobby Day event was held March 28.

     

     

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