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3DEP Model State Legislation

Posted By John M. Palatiello, Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MAPPS enjoys a strong partnership with the USGS, as well as other Federal agencies, in the promotion of 3DEP.

We’ve been a leader in building public support, as well as advocating for funding in Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and in the Federal agencies, as well as with state, regional and local government partners.

MAPPS will continue to work at the national level to campaign in Congress for 3DEP appropriations for Federal agencies.

To complement that effort, the MAPPS Board of Directors has endorsed another approach to 3DEP support.  A model bill for introduction in state legislatures has been developed by MAPPS staff and endorsed by the MAPPS Board.  The idea for this bill came from the officers of CO-MAPPS, our state chapter in Colorado, but can be implemented by MAPPS members in all 50 states.

The model bill, if introduced and enacted in any state legislature, will complement our national effort by providing a bottom-up, grass roots, state-level support for 3DEP.

The leadership of USGS is aware of the model bill.  While the agency cannot endorse legislation, the staff is supportive and appreciative of this effort.

This bill does not authorize or appropriate state funds.  It does, however, express support for 3DEP and provides for coordinated efforts within a state on statewide LiDAR.  This will not only provide greater efficiency (map it once, use it many times), but will save money by providing for the economy of scale of statewide LiDAR collection and enhances a state’s eligibility for USGS (Federal) funds through the USGS BAA process.

You will also note two features of this model bill: (1) performance of the data acquisition under the responsible charge of a licensed surveyor and (2) QBS for contracting, either under a state “mini-Brooks Act” or through the USGS GPSC contracts.  Links are provided to locate and insert references to the relevant state laws in your state

MAPPS recently hosted a meeting with a number of our partners in other associations who support 3DEP.  You may be interested in the update provided at the meeting by USGS.

All MAPPS members are encouraged to meet with their state legislators to discuss introduction of this model bill in your state.

Please also be aware that Lou Driber, National Map Liaison to FL, PR, and US-VI, US Geological Survey, will update on the 3D Elevation Program:  Year 1 a Success, Year 2 Ahead! at the upcoming MAPPS Winter Conference Program.  This presentation will provide an overview of 3DEP status and plans, highlighting the final tally of data acquisition of FY16 and projections for FY17, efforts to advance elevation and hydrography integration, and ongoing communication to build the investment needed for a nationwide elevation program.  The Winter Conference is January 13-17 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, (greater Tampa area), Florida.

Additionally, at the conference, MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello and Government Affairs Manager John “JB” Byrd” will lead a discussion of  election results, the new administration and the 2017 Congressional agenda, and state legislation, with a focus on issues impacting business generally and the geospatial community in particular.

Please take a look at the updated MAPPS Winter Conference Program and registration information.

If you are not yet registered, please register today.  Also, make your hotel reservations at the Innisbrook Resort.  Click here to book your room on-line or call the Innisbrook Resort at 800-492-6899. 

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