Mark Kriss, Esq. attended the June 14th State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (SBELS) meeting in New York City on behalf of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. The topics discussed at the meeting can be found on the agenda, however NYSSPE representatives did bring several items to the table.
A discussion focused upon legislation regarding hydraulic fracturing including:
- Licensure of Geologist – Support
- Barring the use of certain substances in hydraulic fracturing process
- S326 – Comprehensive seismological study through SUNY including both the Marcellus and Utica deposits
Several of the SBELS board members noted that the S326 bill would interject SUNY into a project which ordinarily would be undertaken by the consulting community directly rather than through SUNY and questioned the merits of the bill including the exclusion of private colleges and universities.
Other issues that NYSSPE representatives brought up include:
- Mold Remediation Contractors – NYSSPE proposed an amendment to a bill which would allow professional engineers to investigate and remediate mold without securing a separate certification. The SBELS board concurred.
- Elevator Contractors – The State Education Department has proposed an amendment to ensure that either a professional engineer’s or registered architect’s design be employed before elevators and similar equipment are integrated into a building.
- Interior Design – An effort is underway to convert Interior Design to a practice act such that engineering and architecture are excluded. This would cover the placement of non-bearing walls.
Further, the Board discussed a request from the Committee on Access to the Profession for input and its was noted that the Legislature and the Executive have appropriated 12 million dollars to help promote engineering and engineering technology with the preponderance of the money aimed at new programs.
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