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Government Affairs
 

Government Affairs Update, 02-21-14

 

Grassroots Government Affairs Report

MOE
The Licensing That Works Task Force continues to monitor states where legislation might be introduced to require a “Masters or Equivalent” (MOE) as part of PE licensure.  ASHRAE is represented on this committee of allied professional organizations by Dick Hayter, Presidential Member (1995-1996). Jim Scarborough, Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs, participates in the calls as well. States on the “Watch List” include Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia. At this time, no MOE legislation has been introduced for adoption in any state.

STEM Education
ASHRAE staff was fortunate to attend a presentation on Capitol Hill sponsored by Change The Equation. This presentation was made as part of National Engineers Week (February 16 - 22) to promote STEM education at the K-12 levels. Featured were three prominent engineers: Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (former astronaut on three Space Shuttle missions and now with Raytheon), Gayle J. Gibson with DuPont and Ioannis Maioulis, of The Museum of Science, Boston. All three stressed the importance of promoting science, physics, mathematics and engineering from the earliest years of education, to “stay the course” on high standards and to support meaningful high school graduation requirements.

Regional and Local Information
Arizona
A bill introduced in the Arizona State Senate (SB 1227) would prohibit any county, city or town from adopting as “mandatory any, or part of any, building code, ordinance, stipulation or other legal requirement this is related to energy efficiency, energy conservation or green construction in new construction” Nor may the city, town or county “deny any license or building permit or impose any fine, penalty or other requirement on any person or entity for failure to comply with any, or part of any, building code, ordinance, stipulation or other legal requirement that is related to energy efficiency, conservation or green construction in new construction.”
To view the legislation, go to http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SB1227&Session_ID=112.

North Carolina
The ASHRAE Triangle Chapter has written Governor Pat McCrory urging him to oppose any measures that would push back the building and safety code update cycle or which would revert to earlier versions of the code. Legislation was considered previously in North Carolina regarding the code cycle and earlier versions of Standards. With the NC legislative session beginning in mid-May, the Chapter in the state’s capital is alert to any new attempts to make changes.

Pennsylvania
Revisions to building code legislation are being proposed in Pennsylvania. These revisions would address the concerns of the Pennsylvania Builders Association about adapting code updates based on the current code cycle. GGAC RVC Dunstan Macauley has sent the legislation out to the Chapters in Pennsylvania for review and comment.
For additional information, go to www.builditsafe.org.

South Carolina
Legislation initially introduced in the South Carolina House, which has passed and been sent to the SC Senate (HB 3592), would amend the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007. This proposed legislation, if enacted, would freeze the green building rating systems (LEED and Green Globes) required for certain state projects at the versions that were in effect on January 1, 2013. To view the legislation, go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/3592.htm.

Chicago
The City of Chicago passed a benchmarking ordinance which requires professional data verification similar to ENERGY STAR. ASHRAE is reaching out to the City to urge the inclusion of ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Assessment Professionals (BEAP) and Building Energy Management Professional (BEMP) as two of the certifications recognized for the provision of this service. To view the ordinance, go to http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env/building-energy-benchmarking---transparency.html#rulesandregs.

Chapters
The Grassroots Government Activities Committees in ASHRAE Chapters are holding meetings and conference calls to discuss issues of local importance and to plan various events or activities. One such activity of many chapters was seeking local and state proclamations for National Engineers Week. 

If your Chapter needs assistance or information, please contact Jim Scarborough, Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs for ASHRAE, at jscarborough@ashrae.org.  Additionally, please make sure Jim is copied on issues of regional, state, local or jurisdictional importance as well as on plans for the GGAC in your Chapter. 

Lessons from State Energy Efficiency Programs Presented to U.S. Senate Committee

States have often been thought of as the laboratories of democracy, and it is in this vein that the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy recently held a hearing to examine lessons for federal policy from state efficiency and renewable energy programs.

During the hearing witnesses spoke about the impact of state programs, as well as federal programs, such as the State Energy Program, on building energy efficiency.

Additionally, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke about the importance of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which they first introduced over three years ago, and has since become the most significant energy efficiency legislation in Congress, garnering wide support from both Democrats and Republicans, as well as stakeholder organizations, including ASHRAE. This bill has undergone significant changes since its initial introduction in the Senate, and will likely be reintroduced in the coming weeks.

The new version will include incorporate several amendments that have achieved widespread support.

To view witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing, please visit http://ow.ly/tOIOd.

For additional information, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE’s Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at mames@ashrae.org.

 

U.S. House Tax Committee Chairman to Release Comprehensive Tax Reform Draft Legislation 

Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, has indicated that next week he will release a discussion draft of legislation to revamp the nation’s tax code.

“[N]ext week I will release a comprehensive discussion draft to overhaul our tax code to make it: (1) simpler and fairer for families and employers, and (2) strengthen our economy – meaning higher wages and more take home pay for the American worker,” said Camp in a letter to Republican Ways and Means Committee members.

Several tax provisions expired last year, perhaps most notably, the Section 179D commercial building tax deduction. No clear indications have been given whether as to whether 179D will be addressed in the draft bill.

For additional information, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE’s Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at mames@ashrae.org.