Legislative Update - October 2017

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New York State

2018 Session Approaching. As the 2018 legislative session approaches, ACEC New York continues its work of advocating for the interests of the State’s consulting engineering community and preparing to advance priority legislation. ACEC New York is working with allied groups to communicate our interests and ensure that the budget reflects industry priorities.

QBS Reform. ACEC New York continues to await the delivery of this priority legislation to the governor for his signing. The bill (S.5600/A.5750) would bring QBS procurement to public authorities and public benefit corporations. Earlier this month, ACEC New York sent member firms a draft letter that they can customize and send to the Governor’s office to express our industry’s support of the proposal. If you have not sent the letter, please check your inbox, or email campbell@acecny.org for a copy.

Indemnification Reform. ACEC New York’s legislative committee identified our indemnification reform bill (A.8293(Morelle)/S.6622(Ranzenhofer) as the Association’s top legislative priority for the 2018 Session. We expect that the bill will provide design professionals with protection from unreasonable defense and indemnity demands. ACEC New York has been working with other professional groups with similar interests to present a unified strategy to advance the bill.

DPC ESOP Expansion. ACEC New York’s advocacy work continues with our efforts to position DPC ESOP expansion for quick passage. (A.3460a (Lupardo) and S.3771a(Valesky) We have met with key Senate leadership and Assembly committee staff to explain the merits of this legislation and see it on early committee agendas.

JCOPE Regulations. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) – the state’s primary regulator of lobbying activity – released new comprehensive regulations governing lobbying. A hearing is being held on October 30 in Albany, and ACEC New York will attend and stay engaged with the ongoing development of these rules.

Federal

2017 Federal PAC. Our 2017 fundraising efforts are still going strong, and our annual goal is in sight. So far this year we have collected $62,875 toward our $69,000 goal. Many thanks to all our donors and supporters to date. As 2017 progresses, we invite you to consider joining a leadership club - please be aware of the ways to support the industry by participating in regional PAC events. For more information on donations, or to make a donation to the PAC, contact Campbell Wallace at campbell@acecny.org.
ACEC New York members and staff meet with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (from left to right): George Penesis, Hannah O'Grady, Scott Stringer, Raymond Daddazio, Charles Gozdziewski, Art Alzamora, Phil Amicone, Dean Angelakos, Bill Murray

New York City

ACEC New York leaders meet with Comptroller Scott Stringer. ACEC New York Metro Region members met with Comptroller Scott Stringer in September. The group discussed ways to improve the City’s procurement process, infrastructure, transit issues and other topics. As follow up, Comptroller Stringer asked ACEC New York to send him our association’s Procurement Policy white paper, which lists specific recommendations on how to improve the procurement process. ACEC New York is going through the process of updating the white paper to send it to the Comptroller.

Local Law 192 of 2017: Electronic Invoicing. On October 16, the City enacted Local Law 192, requiring all City agencies, whenever practical, to implement programs to accept electronic invoices. By accepting electronic invoices agencies can streamline and modernize their business interactions with consultants. Mayor de Blasio’s press release on this law states that it will increase government efficiency. ACEC New York will continue to monitor and advocate for the implementation of electronic invoicing by all City agencies.

PASSPort and MOCS Help Desk. On August 1, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) launched PASSPort (ie. “Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal”), the City’s new online procurement portal. Through PASSPort, Vendex is now entirely online. MOCS encourages any firms who have questions or concerns regarding PASSPort to contact the MOCS Help Desk at help@mocs.nyc.gov.

Mayor de Blasio announces new Climate Action Plan. On October 3, Mayor de Blasio announced a new climate action plan called “1.5°C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement.” The new plan lays out steps the City plans to take to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, including retrofitting thousands of buildings, implementing more-stringent energy codes and others. ACEC New York will monitor City Council to see if related legislation is advanced.
 
 
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