What KSPE does for you
KSPE Works to Protect Your Profession While You Are At Work!
With Kansas Legislature meeting each year, KSPE’s government affairs team works on its members’ behalf on several legislative fronts. The 2021 and 2020 Sessions particularly generated considerable discussion on licensure issues in both the House and Senate, along with transportation, water policy, KPERS and others.
KSPE Led Effort to Extend University Engineering Initiative Act
In 2021, KSPE led a coalition seeking the extension of the University Engineering Initiative Act (UEIA). The program, created in 2011, provides $10.5M each year to be evenly split with the Kansas State University, University of Kansas and Wichita State University’s to invest in their engineering schools. In turn, the three schools are increasing the number of engineering major graduates each year. The passage of Hb 2101 extends the University Engineering Initiative Act through 2032.
KSPE Protect PE License Qualifications
Kansas is one of the latest states to approve a law expediting license reciprocity for military and new residents. KSPE supported the concept but helped improve the bill by ensure professional engineer license applicates meet the Kanas qualifications. HB 2066 became law in 2021.KSPE Works to Stop Bill That Would Eliminate P.E. Requirement for Chief Water Engineer
KSPE strongly opposes SB 329, which is the Kansas Livestock Association’s bill to remove the requirement for the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Chief Water Engineer to be a Licensed Professional Engineer or even have a degree in engineering. The proposal comes in the wake of the retirement of Chief Water Engineer David Barfield, P.E., as the Department looks for a successor. KSPE visited with Senate committee members stressing our strong opposition. A hearing was not scheduled for the bill.
KSPE Works to Stop Double Licensure Requirements for Certain P.E.’s.
KSPE has worked to amend SB 168, known as the Home Inspector Bill. The bill aims to create a registration act for home inspectors. KSPE opposed language that would require Licensed Professional Engineers that perform home inspections to have additional licensure, education and financial requirements. KSPE is working with the other stakeholders to amend the bill to exempt Licensed Professional Engineers from extra licensure requirements.
KSPE Advocates for New Comprehensive Transportation Plan
KSPE testified in support of KDOT’s Forward Transportation Bill, contained in HB 2588 and SB 375, which is the comprehensive transportation plan set to succeed TWORKS, once it is completed. Forward Kansas is a new ten-year transportation plan but is considered to be a rolling plan as far as project selection. Specifically, the bill allows the KDOT Secretary to select projects for development and construction every two years, after a series of local consultation meetings.