Who’s Looking Out for the PE?

March/April 2016

NSPE Today: Policy Perspectives
Who’s Looking Out for the PE?

Regular readers of PE won’t be surprised to hear that NSPE and the organization’s state societies are the front-line advocates for professional engineers.

What may be a surprise—and is actually quite impressive—is the extent of the advocacy news from 2015. A review shows a network of organizations that has the best interests of the professional engineer in mind and works diligently to define, promote, and protect the PE’s role in society.

Take a look.

These 12 examples show how PEs, working together, can create a better, stronger profession. Of course not every advocacy effort leads to a victory, but by continuously showing up and being recognized, PEs stand apart. They’re recognized by legislators and regulators for their technical expertise as well as a foundational commitment to the public health, safety, and welfare.

So, when the question arises, “Who’s looking out for the PE?” there’s a three-part answer: NSPE, the network of state societies, and most importantly, you.

If you missed these stories, check out Taking Action: 2015, a PDF of these stories and others.

You’ll also find other examples of NSPE in action at www.nspe.org/resources/issues-and-advocacy/action-on-issues.

  • Florida beach
    FL: The Florida Engineering Society pushed for the inclusion of qualifications-based selection in legislation that sought to change the proposal process for public-private partnership projects.
  • Ohio landscape
    Rep. Louis Blessing, III, P.E., an NSPE member, introduced legislation in the Ohio House to implement an ethics continuing education requirement for PEs renewing their licenses.
  • Michigan
    The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers urged voters to support a funding package to address the state’s transportation system needs and improve its quality and safety.
  • Arkansas
    The Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers supported a measure to give licensed design professionals increased immunity from personal liability when they volunteer their services in response to natural disasters and declared emergency situations.
  • Maryland
    The Maryland Society of Professional Engineers backed legislation requiring a licensed engineer to be in responsible charge of reviewing and approving engineering documents for state and local projects.
  • Minnesota
    Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill, supported by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, specifying that professional engineers licensed in the state are qualified to practice engineering without additional licenses or certifications.
  • Connecticut
    The Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers backed Governor Dannel Malloy’s approval of legislation that sets a 10-year statute of limitations on state-initiated claims relating to construction and design projects.
  • Texas
    The Texas Society of Professional Engineers supported legislation signed by Governor Greg Abbot that protects design professionals from a duty to defend government agencies for any liability other than that caused by or resulting from the design professional’s negligent acts.
  • Maine
    The Maine Society of Professional Engineers celebrated after a budget proposal to levy a sales tax on engineering services was rejected by the legislature’s Taxation Committee.
  • Indiana
    As the result of extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE, the Indiana Job Creation Commission rescinded a troubling recommendation to eliminate licensure of the professional engineer.
  • New York
    The New York State Society of Professional Engineers backed legislation ensuring that geologists can be licensed in the state without interfering with the practice of licensed engineers.
  • Georgia
    The Georgia Society of Professional Engineers supported legislation signed by Governor Nathan Deal that could generate nearly $1 billion in revenue for state and local transportation projects. The transportation funding act provides a mix of mechanisms to increase revenue to close infrastructure funding gaps, including a 29.2 cent excise tax, which replaces a motor fuels sales tax.