Category Archives for "Legislation"

Vermont Board Approves Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement, by Arthur Schwartz

Professional engineers licensed in Vermont will now be mandated to earn 30 professional development hours every two years for license renewal. The new rules became effective on August 1, and the first renewal period begins August 2018. Licensees will need to obtain a minimum of 15 PDHs to renew during this period. The Vermont Board […]

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The Wyoming and Nevada Licensing Boards Signed a First-of-its-Kind Mobility Agreement for Professional Engineers, by Arthur Schwartz

The Wyoming and Nevada licensing boards have signed a first-of-its-kind pact in which a Professional Engineers in one state can be accepted as a PE in the other. The boards signed the agreement in August at the annual meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Under the agreement, an NCEES Model […]

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EJCDC’s Supporting Organization sends Letter to U.S. Office of Personnel Management on Professional Engineering, by Arthur Schwartz

In a May 9, 2017, letter, EJCDC’s sponsoring organization, NSPE, urged the department to revise its individual occupational requirements for all “Professional Engineering Positions, 0800.” OPM’s use of the term “professional engineering” to define positions that are not professional engineering positions creates substantial confusion about job scope and responsibilities. NSPE, therefore, urges OPM to stop […]

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EJCDC’s Supporting Organization Resist Inflammatory Occupational Licensure Bill, by Arthur Schwartz

EJCDC’s sponsoring organization, NSPE, and the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers beat back legislation (A.B. 353) that would erode occupational licensure in the state. In an April 11, 2017 letter to the Nevada Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor, NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, and NSPE-NV President Craig Sisco, P.E., emphasized the […]

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Abandoned Mine Projects Need Better Engineering Expertise, Report Says, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

A federal report on the accidental release of three million gallons of toxic water from an abandoned Colorado mine provides an in-depth, technical look at the incident. It also provides irrefutable evidence that proper engineering expertise is needed to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Two of the three members of the evaluation and peer […]

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EPA Proposes PEs on Risk Management Teams by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

Professional engineers may gain a greater oversight role at chemical facilities and others that handle hazardous materials if a proposed rule increasing safety requirements is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA proposes requiring the use of PEs in its Risk Management Programs. This action is in response to catastrophic chemical facility incidents in […]

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Ohio PEs Gain ‘Good Samaritan’ Protections, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

Ohio is the latest state to enact a law that provides design professionals with immunity from liability when they volunteer during a natural or man-made disaster. The legislation (H.B. 17) was cosponsored by state Rep. Louis Blessing III, P.E. It was supported by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, which provided testimony to committees in […]

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Texas Board Expands Global Reach, Permits Early Exam Taking, by Arthur Schwartz, NSPE Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers has signed a mutual recognition agreement with South Korea and also approved rules to allow licensure candidates to take the PE exam early. TBPE’s accord with the Korean Professional Engineers Association and the Korean ministry that manages and evaluates science and technology policy will allow engineers licensed in Texas […]

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