Bruce Jacobs, PhD, PE, BSCES Legislative Fellow
After several years of not appointing a BSCES Legislative Fellow, who serves as a technical resource at the Massachusetts State House, the program has been restored. This is thanks to the efforts of past fellow Heather Ford, BSCES Treasurer Gregory Mirliss, others on the BSCES Board of Government, and Massachusetts Senator Brendan Crighton and his staff. As the newly appointed BSCES Legislative Fellow, I’ve been assigned to the office of Senator Crighton, the chairperson of the Joint Committee on Transportation. The senator and his staff have been gracious in providing me with a place to work and integrating me into the ongoing activities in their office.
From time to time, I will report back to BSCES membership through BSCESNews on items likely to be of interest to the engineering community. Senator Crighton and the Joint Committee on Transportation are actively engaged in issues involving:
Other bills of interest under consideration of the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources include:
Permitting roadblocks to clean energy permitting are also being addressed to streamline the process and allow for the achievement of the Commonwealth’s decarbonization goals. Efforts towards this goal include the:
Public hearings on bills under consideration are an important part of the process that shapes the development of legislation impacting the civil engineering community. If you are a professional engineer who is interested in proposed legislation, I strongly encourage you to become part of that process by providing oral or written testimony to the appropriate committees. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on the process of providing comments.
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