July 11, 2018
With only a few working days left on its calendar, the US Senate is considering attaching the pending AV START Act (S. 1885) to other legislation, including the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (S. 1405). The bill, if enacted, would allow the Department of Transportation to exempt as many as 100,000 autonomous vehicles per manufacturer from federal safety regulations.
July 10, 2018
In the face of rumors that the AV START Act will be attached to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, NSPE has signed onto a letter by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety opposing attaching the AV START Act to an unrelated bill.
The AV START Act, in its current form, exempts potentially millions of self-driving vehicles from meeting existing safety regulations. The measure passed committee in November 2017; with limited time on the Senate calendar in 2018, legislators are pushing quickly to establish federal autonomous vehicle standards.
June 25, 2018
In a victory for professional engineers, a Nevada legislative subcommittee has recommended no consolidation nor any other statutory changes to the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
June 21, 2018
NSPE and the American Council of Engineering Companies submitted testimony to members of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development as it investigates the prevalence of occupational licensing, its effects on economic growth and upward mobility, and what is being done to address those and other issues within states and across state boundaries.
June 11, 2018
In a victory for professional engineers, a Louisiana bill (H.B. 748) was stripped of a provision that would prohibit the use of most professional certifications or accreditations within the state and a provision that presumes that market competition is sufficient to protect consumers.
May 7, 2018
In coordination with the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE is fighting Ohio S.B. 255, which could undermine and potentially eliminate engineering licensure in the state. The legislation sets forth a new policy allowing the state to use the least restrictive regulation to protect consumers from present, significant, and substantiated harms that threaten public health and safety.
May 2, 2018
NSPE successfully advocated for the inclusion of an important provision in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) to strengthen qualifications-based selection requirements for airports. NSPE and other engineering and construction associations sent a letter to Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, urging the incorporation of a bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Bruce Westerman, P.E.
April 27, 2018
This episode, Tire Engineers Litigation, starts the new format for NSPE Speaks and features a one-on-one interview with NSPE Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Arthur Schwartz on the recent litigation surrounding the company Tire Engineers, what it means for NSPE and professional engineers, and how PEs can lend their voice and support to this, and future, cases.
April 23, 2018
Current litigation in the federal courts in Mississippi involving a company calling itself “Tire Engineers” provides NSPE an opportunity to actively assert and advocate in federal court its longstanding policy and position that the misuse of the term “engineer” by unqualified and unlicensed individuals or companies is misleading and deceptive and endangers the public health and safety.
March 20, 2018
NSPE is troubled to hear of the tragic pedestrian fatality in Arizona—the first fatal crash involving a fully autonomous vehicle. Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and all involved in this incident.