Be a PE Day Advocate! In conjunction with other planned activities on PE Day, NSPE’s Government Relations staff, in coordination with the state societies, is organizing advocacy opportunities for NSPE members. Each of you has the chance to meet with Congressional staff in your district offices (no need to travel to Washington, D.C.), to promote the value of the PE license and urge support of an important federal bill.
On August 7, you have an opportunity to voice your support for H.R. 2139 - the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Bill - talk about the value of professional licensing, and begin building strong relationships with your members of Congress and their staff.
The NSPE government relations staff has been working hard to move the needle on this bill, which was crafted in response to the gas pipeline explosion in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. The bill would require public gas pipeline utilities to, among other things, to create additional safety documentation and have a professional engineer sign and seal “covered tasks,” which includes most physical changes to the pipeline network (maintenance, upgrades, etc.). The bill also makes other changes, like increasing maximum allowable civil penalties and requiring the upgrading of regulator stations to prevent over-pressurization, which led to the Merrimack Valley explosions.
We are, of course, especially interested in the elimination of the engineering licensure exemption, though many of the other provisions would also be positive changes.
Those who register will be provided talking points, a legislative summary, and a webinar training on best practices for having a successful meeting.
Don’t miss this opportunity to advocate for your profession and express your support for H.R. 2139.