March 31, 2023

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The Board of Governors met on March 10, 2023.

March 10, 2023 Agenda
January 20, 2023 Minutes
Membership Board Report
January 2023 Financials
February 2023 Financials


It's That Time of Year Again

No, not Christmas...the 2023 Regular Legislative Session.

In a little over a week, the Legislature will convene on April 10 to open this year's session. The pre-filing deadline for legislation is today, March 31 and the in-session introduction deadline is April 19. The ACECL Legislative Committee is scheduled to meet on April 13 to review bills and make position recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval. If you are not on the Legislative Committee but would like to participate in this year's bill review, please email me at [email protected].

This session ACECL is running two bills - one addressing alternative product requests in the public bid law and the second would strengthen the anti-indemnification law as it applies to public contracts.

HB 80, by Representative Foy Gadberry, seeks to reverse the automatic approval that was added to the alternative product request law in the 2022 Regular Session. In addition to removing the automatic approval language, we are also increasing the number of review days from 3 to 5 with and option for 10 additional review days for more complex requests.

Chairman Jack McFarland has agreed to author our anti-indemnification Anti-Indemnification Bill that will add the prohibited contract provisions defined in the Title 9 law to the "Prohibited Provision" sections in both the Title 38 and Title 48 public bid laws.

Though many more bills will be filed between now and the April 19 deadline, we have already identified over 40 bills of interest to the business of engineering. Of those here are a few of the more interesting ones: HB 333 by Representative Pressly, SB 83 by Senator Womack and SB 102 by Senator Mills.

Again, a full review of these bills and many others will be conducted at the April 13 Legislative Committee meeting. Also, the first Capitol Calculus - weekly legislative updates - for the 2023 session will go out to members next Friday so be on the lookout for those.

I am very much looking forward to another legislative session where ACECL can go to work for you to protect and enhance the business of engineer. If you have any questions, concerns or insight on any legislation you think ACECL should be involved in, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Federal Legislation and Advocacy

BREEZE Act Passes House as part of H.R. 1

Yesterday morning, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, by a bipartisan vote of 225 – 204. Included within H.R. 1 was the text from the bipartisan Budgeting for Renewable Electrical Energy Zone Earnings (BREEZE) Act, which was introduced last Congress by Majority Leader Steve Scalise and Congressman Troy Carter. 

The revenue-sharing portions of the legislation would increase the state share of offshore oil and gas revenues for Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas from 37.5 percent to 50 percent. It would establish revenue sharing for states with new offshore wind development off their coastline.

Under this bill, states with offshore wind development would receive 50 percent of the revenues from offshore lease sales and 37.5 percent of the revenues will be deposited into the existing North American Wetlands Conservation Fund. 

Finally, the legislation would repeal a 2 percent administrative fee imposed on energy revenue sharing for interior states with energy development on federal lands within their borders.

H.R. 1 now awaits consideration by the Senate.

To read the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s press release on H.R. 1, click here


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Codes Training – Registration is Open!

Lake Charles and New Orleans codes session registration are also now open! Seating is limited.


AIA Louisiana and ACEC-L are proud to bring this series of codes related training to an area near you!

We thank both the local chapters of each area, as well as LA Department of Natural Resources for helping make these sessions a success as well as including discounted rates for attendance!


Both IBC and IRC have upgrades/updates/changes that took effect January 1st of this year. Are

you prepared? Do you know what those changes are? July 1st of this year, Louisiana is on track

for their first ever actual Energy Code (IECC). Never having had this before, and with great impacts to the built environment, join colleagues to learn and discuss the changes that will not only impact your projects and business, but your clients and communities as well!


March 23 Monroe (Lotus Club)

April 12 Baton Rouge (City Club)

May 16 New Orleans (AIA NO Center for Design)

May 17 Lake Charles (Lake Charles Country Club)

Book Your Room Today!


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  • April 4 - Lafayette Chapter Luncheon
  • April 7 - Good Friday (Office Closed)
  • April 10 - Louisiana Legislative Session Convenes
  • April 12 - AIA-ACECL Code Training Session - Baton Rouge
  • April 14 - HR Forum Zoom Meeting
  • April 17 - Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon
  • April 19 - Lake Charles Chapter Luncheon
  • April 20 - Water Resources Committee Meeting
  • April 25-26 - Emerging Leaders Institute - Session I

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ACEC Affiliate Members

ACEC Business Insurance Trust

ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Alexander & Sanders, a division of Cadence Insurance

Barriere Construction Group, LLC

Benefits One, LLC

BFM Corporation, LLC

BRAYN Consulting, LLC

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Brown & Brown of Louisiana

CxA Services, LLC

Cycle Construction, LLC

Durable Piling Restoration, LLC


ELOS Environmental, LLC

Environmental Technical Sales, Inc.

Foley & Judell, LLP

Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, LLP

Gulf South Technology Solutions

Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP


HUB International

Industrial Fabrics

Keogh, Cox & Wilson

Lord & Winter

Quality Sitework Materials, Inc.

Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn


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President & CEO
ACEC of Louisiana
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