Legislative Update - March 2018

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New York State

Cost-Benefit Analysis. Cost-Benefit analysis language previously contained in stand-alone legislation appeared in the Assembly’s one-house budget legislation (A9505C, Part PP). Our lobbying staff responded aggressively, and we immediately delivered letters to all members of the Legislature and conducted meetings with key Assembly and Senate staff and leadership to express our disapproval of this wasteful inefficient measure. We are maintaining this vigorous effort to ensure that this pernicious language does not see adoption.

Indemnification Reform. ACEC New York continues to meet with legislators and their legal staff to advocate for the this bill.(A.8293[Morelle]/S.6622[Ranzenhofer]). We wish to thank members who have shared documented examples of this language and its negative effects on their firm. If you have encountered language in a contract that demands the payment of defense costs in the absence of a showing of fault, please contact Campbell@acecny.org to discuss how we can leverage it to advance the bill.

QBS Expansion. ACEC New York remains committed to promoting QBS procurement in New York State. The Association and allied stakeholder groups have been busy working toward advancing an amended measure to expand the use of Qualifications-Based Selection.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York staff members continue their advocacy efforts on behalf of the Association’s DPC ESOP expansion legislation (A.3460a [Lupardo] and S.3771a[Valesky]). Government affairs staff has been busy analyzing legal and economic arguments including border state laws related to the issue, identifying competitive disadvantages faced by New York design firms who cannot expand this ownership model. We continue to refine and reinforce our message on this issue.

Advocacy Days. The majority of ACEC New York regions have locked in their 2018 Advocacy Day visits to Albany. Participating in a regional Advocacy Day is a great way to help build the profile and legislative presence of ACEC New York and the consulting engineering industry in the Capitol. Our continued efforts ensure that the consulting engineer’s voice is hear above the din in Albany. If you’d like to participate, contact your regional leadership or campbell@acecny.org for more information.


2018 Federal PAC. Our 2018 fundraising efforts have begun, and we have already raised $18,285 of our new $85,000 goal. Thank you to our donors to date. Look for information on upcoming PAC fundraising events, and consider purchasing a ticket for the 2018 ACEC Spring Sweepstakes. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.

ACEC Annual Convention. The ACEC annual convention is rapidly approaching. Sign up online to join ACEC members from across the country in Washington DC from April 15-18. ACEC New York is conducting advocacy visits with House and Senate members on the 17th and 18th. To participate in these visits, please contact campbell@acecny.org.

New York City

Mayor’s Office to seek ACEC New York’s Recommendation on Committee Appointee. Local Law 248 requires the Mayor to convene a NYC Energy Policy Advisory Committee to advise the City on long-term energy supply goals. At ACEC New York’s request, the City Council included a requirement in the law that this Committee must include a licensed PE. The Mayor’s Office has also confirmed that they will contact ACEC New York when it comes time to appoint members to this Committee.

2018 NYC Political Action Committee. To date, 74 members have contributed a total of $8,950 to the NYC PAC. Thank you to our contributors! The NYC PAC is a powerful tool enabling our association to continue to raise its profile with influential policymakers sensitive to our members’ business interests. We encourage all members to contribute and help us reach our goal of raising $15k this year.

NYStretch Code-Energy 2018 - Out for Public Comment until March 27. NYSERDA has drafted NYStretch Code-Energy 2018 - a voluntarily implemented stretch energy code to reduce the impacts of buildings on the environment - and they are seeking feedback from the design and construction industry. New York City Local Law 32 of 2018 obligates the NYCDOB to adopt this code for its next revision of the City energy code so it is important to submit comments now. You can access the document online and submit comments through the website on or before March 27, 2018. For background on the effort, visit the NYStretch Code-Energy 2018 website.

Albany Advocacy Day May 2nd - Save the Date. On this day, Metro Region members will head to Albany to meet with key legislators and advocate on issues of importance to the design industry. If interested in participating, contact Bill Murray for more information
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