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American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL)

 Welcome to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL)

January 2020 - Message From the President

William E. Wilson, Jr., PE
2019-20 ACEC-FL President

Get ready, the Legislature just started their annual 60-day Session, and we have a number of bills we are following this year. The hottest issue is the Governor’s plan to sunset all professional licenses, including engineering:

  • Legislation has been filed to sunset Chapter 471 F.S., and the Professional Engineers license effective July 1, 2024. The legislation, House Bill 707, sunsets all occupational and professional licenses under the purview of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation beginning July 1, 2021. The bill was filed in the House Wednesday evening (Nov. 20), and the Senate version Senate Bill 1124 was filed Thursday evening (Dec. 5).

  • The bill requires a systematic review of each license to determine whether final repeal will occur but does not provide detail as to how that review will occur.

  • The Florida Engineering Society and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida feel strongly about the importance of engineering licensure and the accountability of the engineering profession, and will oppose the inclusion of Chapter 471 F.S. and engineering licensure in this bill, and will work diligently to remove those provisions from the bill.

    I strongly encourage everyone to attend Florida PE Legislative Days (Jan. 28-29, 2020) to learn about all this and other issues of concern to our profession, and how you can participate in the process. Registration is nearly full, so don’t procrastinate or you will miss out (only 5 spots left)! The ACEC-FL Board meets at the beginning of PE Days and I will report on the board meeting and PE Days next month.

Some of the other activities I should point out include:

  • ACEC-FL Transportation Committee’s quarterly meeting was just held Jan. 14 in Orlando; the next quarterly meeting is April 7, 2020 in Dania, FL.

  • 2020 Winter Water Seminar registration is open and you can earn up to 8 PDHs. Plus you'll hear from Florida’s Chief Resiliency Officer, Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Thomas K. Frazer.

  • We are working with FECON to develop and launch a new educational program in early 2020 — Project S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness For Engineers).

As always, I encourage you to consider attending the ACEC Annual Convention in Washington, DC. This April 26-29, 2020 event in DC is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the business of consulting engineering.

To view all of President Wilson's message continue reading here.