March 2017 Government Affairs Update
NAIOP PROVIDES TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF RESTRUCTURING PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES
Last week a hearing was held on a bill filed by Governor Baker that would restructure state government by eliminating the Department of Public Safety and creating a new office to take over some of its functions (An Act to Reorganize the Department of Public Safety – H.68). NAIOP provided
testimony in support of the legislation. NAIOP believes the restructuring will lead to increased efficiencies and improved (and expedited) customer service.
The reorganization plan establishes an Office of Public Safety and Inspections to be housed within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development's Division of Professional Licensure (instead of the Executive Office of Public Safety). If passed, the new Office of Public Safety would oversee state's elevator inspections, building code, construction-related permitting, and more. Since this was filed via the process allowed for under Article 87 of the Massachusetts Constitution, the bill must receive an up-or-down vote from the Legislature, without amendment, within 60 days of the bill being filed or the action takes effect. Therefore, action is required by the end of this month. We will keep members posted on next steps.
NAIOP SUBMITS LETTER TO EEA AND EOHED ON MEPA CONCERNS
Due to extensive feedback from members, last week NAIOP submitted a letter to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs regarding concerns with MEPA. NAIOP is concerned that recent changes have created uncertainty for projects, resulted in delays, and represent an unexplained shift in the way MEPA reviews economic development projects.
NAIOP TO TESTIFY AT BUILDING CODE HEARING ON MARCH 7
NAIOP will be providing comments on the 9th edition of the building code that is now out for public comment. A public hearing will be held on March 7 and written comments will be accepted until early April. The code is expected to take effect in July with a 6-month concurrency period. If you have comments you would like NAIOP to include in its letter, please contact Tamara Small ASAP.
NAIOP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ADVOCACY: LEARN MORE, GET INVOLVED
Interested in NAIOP’s government affairs agenda? Check out the Member-Only Top Issues section of the NAIOP web site for issue briefs, comment letters, and additional resources. Would you like to get involved in shaping NAIOP’s advocacy efforts? We value your input! NAIOP’s government affairs committees are a great way to stay informed on the important issues affecting the industry. Due to security restrictions, you must RSVP to attend any upcoming meetings. New members are welcome (and encouraged)! Contact Tamara Small, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, at (781) 453-6900 ext. 5 for more information.