Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), a strong supporter of the design professional community, has been selected by ACEC California as its 2016 Legislator of the Year. Each year, ACEC California members recognize a member of the Legislature for his or her commitment and demonstrated political courage on public policy issues important to the engineering and land surveying industries.
“Senator Bates understands the complexities of our industry,” said Jeff Walker, of Kleinfelder and ACEC California President. “She has consistently demonstrated leadership on issues of importance to us and has risen as a champion in many ways, including standing in support of reform to uninsurable contractual requirements.”
“It is an honor to be recognized by ACEC California and its membership of consulting engineering and land surveying professionals,” said Senator Bates. “I share ACEC California’s mission of building a better California and appreciate opportunities to work with ACEC California to achieve that mission in the state legislature.”
Senator Bates demonstrated her support of efficient and effective infrastructure delivery options by authoring Senate Bill 901. SB 901 would have created the Advanced Mitigation Program in the Department of Transportation to implement environmental mitigation measures in advance of future transportation projects.
SB 901 promoted flexibility in the application of CEQA to transportation projects without sacrificing substantive environmental protections. Given the enormity of our state’s transportation infrastructure needs, ACEC California believes it is critical to consider innovative mechanisms to deliver projects as quickly as possible and strongly supported Senator Bates’ legislative effort.
ACEC California is pleased to present Senator Bates with its Legislator of the Year award this year and looks forward to working with her in the future.