Legislative Update - November 2019
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New York State

Legislative Session Approaching. The 2020 legislative Session will commence on January 8, 2020 and is scheduled to conclude on June 2, making this an exceptionally condensed Session. ACEC New York has commenced its 2020 planning and prioritization to maximize the impact of our legislative efforts in this shortened period and we invite member input on issues of interest to firms and the industry.

DOT Capital Program Hearing. ACEC New York is participating in the upcoming Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation hearing. This hearing will be held in Albany on December 6, in the Legislative Office Building’s Hamilton Hearing Room. Please contact York State Director of Government Relations Campbell H. Wallace at campbell@acecny.org to relay your concerns and suggestions regarding this important policy development opportunity.

DPC ESOP Expansion.
On November 12, representatives from ACEC New York member firms met with key policy staff from the State Education Department, the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and the bill’s Assembly sponsor to dig deeply into the operation of A03514. This bill has passed the Senate in multiple prior years, and by working to carefully identify, analyze and resolve remaining concerns and uncertainties surrounding the intent and implementation of the bill, we hope to facilitate Assembly passage. Multiple ACEC New York member firms have relayed their interest in this legislation – if you believe that allowing your firm to go to an ESOP ownership model will assist in growth, retention and transition planning, we encourage you to contact ACEC New York State Director of Government Relations Campbell H. Wallace at campbell@acecny.org to share your firm’s story.

Grandfather Firm Geologist Legislation. ACEC New York is continuing to review legislation and legal avenues are continuing to work with key legislators to advance this important fix.

Indemnification.
ACEC New York government relations staff and member firm counsel have scheduled meetings with key agencies in the next weeks to review our legal and contractual concerns on indemnification, analyze avenues for progress, and identify future legislative efforts.

Qualifications-Based Selection.
Expanding Qualifications Based Selection procurement remains a priority for ACEC New York. We are continuing to refine new legislation to expand the use of QBS across the State. This process involves working with allied associations to express a broad base of support across stakeholders.

Cost-Benefit.
ACEC New York continues to strongly oppose this flawed legislation. We stand ready to deliver a strong message of opposition, encouraging the Governor to veto the bill.

Assembly Corporations Committee Meeting. Earlier this month, Assembly Corporations Committee Chair Amy Paulin (D-88) hosted ACEC New York executive leadership to discuss the Association’s concerns with the MTA’s debarment and 10% cost reduction programs. We reiterated the consulting engineering industry’s objections to these issues and advocated for relief from these harmful programs. We memorialized our concerns in a follow-up letter.


Federal

2019 Federal PAC. ACEC New York has raised $67,455 of our $90,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. Look for information on upcoming PAC fundraising events and visit the ACEC PAC webpage for more ways to give. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact NYS Director of Government Relations Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.


New York City

“Transparent Billing” Spyware on Computers. Our NYC industry coalition distributed a Fact Sheet opposing Intro. 1602, the spyware bill, to Council Members and City Council staff.

Green Roofs & Solar Requirements. ACEC New York and industry partners issued a letter to the NYC DOB expressing concern with their method of implementing Local Laws 92 & 94, which require the installation of sustainable roofing elements.

PPB Rule Change Relating to Bids, Proposals and Purchases from MWBEs.  ACEC New York issued a letter to City government officials and testified at the PPB hearing on November 12.

Code Committees Submit Comments on DOB NOW filing system. ACEC New York, through our Metro Region Code Committees, has submitted two sets of comments to the NYC DOB regarding the DOB NOW online filing system. Members can still attend DOB feedback sessions.

Mayor’s Office Issues MWBE Press Release. On November 7, the NYC Mayor's Office issued a press release concerning the contract target for certified MWBEs.



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