Orange County Branch Newsletter

November 2011

Legislative Update

GAC Mission: investigate, educate and advocate

By Clay Tanaka
The Government Affairs Committee (“GAC”) for the ASCE Orange County Branch exists to promote the interests of ASCE and its members to our State and local legislators, while educating the members regarding ongoing policy and legislative issues that are being developed in our government.  Our goal is to investigate, educate and to advocate such policy and legislative issues that are important to our profession.
Last year, the Governor signed into law two bills that were actively supported by ASCE, including SB 424 (which authorized design professionals to convert a recorded design professional lien to a mechanics lien if certain requirements are met) and AJR 4 (which memorialized a Federal Transportation Infastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to enable the timely construction of the 91 Freeway).  The GAC will continue to serve as a watchdog over potential new laws and policy issues that will develop during the upcoming year.
As we kicked off our new year, the GAC resumed with renewed enthusiasm and strategic goals toward the next legislative year.  We are looking for additional participants who could join us and actively take part in learning the relevant issues, raising awareness to fellow ASCE members and communicating our positions to our legislators.  If you are interested in engaging in these issues and would like to join us for our monthly meetings, please email Clay Tanaka, for more information.

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