Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Legislative Update
Hello Massachusetts Highway Association members!
I am Adrienne Núñez, the new legislative analyst covering public works, transportation, and utilities policy. I joined the MMA team at the end of March and since then, the Mass. Highway board has been helping me to get up to speed on all things public works and transportation. Thank you to board members for your generosity and willingness to share your expertise.
In the past several months, I have attended Mass. Highway Association board meetings, the Annual Meeting, the Equipment Expo, and met with the legislative subcommittee to take a deep dive into current policy topics. I look forward to attending the Tri-county meeting in November and continuing to meet Mass. Highway Association members. If you see me out in the field, please say hello!
The last few months of the legislative session saw the approval of supplemental roadway funding through the Winter Recovery Assistance Program, a Chapter 90 bond bill that includes additional funding for municipal grants, and a massive transportation infrastructure bond bill.
2022 MHA Scholarship applications are now available
The Massachusetts Highway Association Trust Fund Trustees are pleased to announce the availability of college scholarships for Massachusetts Highway Association members and the children or grandchildren of MHA members. The Trustees shall carry on this annual tradition and look forward to receiving applications from qualified students.
Members as well as children and grandchildren of active, life, and associate members of the MHA may be eligible. Members who have belonged to the MHA for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years prior to the closing date for scholarship applications and who are in good standing with the MHA shall be eligible to file applications for scholarships. Members having the same aforementioned eligibility may sponsor their children and / or grandchildren for a scholarship during the application process.
Additionally, applicants shall be enrolled at either a four-year or a two-year accredited degree granting college or graduate school.
The scholarship award program is under the direction of the Massachusetts Highway Association Trust Fund Trustees who are responsible for screening the applicants to determine their eligibility. The Trustees establish the total amount of money to be awarded for scholarships for each yearly period and shall set the amount that may be awarded to each applicant.
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New CDL Regulations Effective in 2022
The following is a summary of a letter dated October 1, 2021, from theDivision Administrator, Richard R. Bates, of the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration in Burlington, MA.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has promulgatedan Entry-Level Drivers Training (ELDT rule for those drivers
obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or certainendorsements for the first time.
Effective February 7, 2022, individuals seeking a commercial driverlicense in the State of Massachusetts will be required to complete
theory and/or behind-the-wheel training as described in the FederalMotor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) Part 380, Appendix A.
This requirement applies to CDL applicants:
• Obtaining a Class A or B CDL for the first time; or
• Upgrading an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
• Obtaining a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardousmaterials (H) endorsement for the first time.The ELDT regulations are not retroactive. Individuals holding avalid CDL, an unexpired commercial learner’s permit (CLP), oran S, P, or H endorsement issued prior to February 7, 2022, arenot required to take the respective training for that license orendorsement. Individuals exempted by their State from CDL ortesting requirements are also exempt from the ELDT requirements.CDL applicants will be required to select a training provider listed
on the Training Provider Registry website at https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov to complete their required entry-level driver training, Only
training providers that have registered with and been approved byFMCSA will appear on this list. When registering, training providers
will be required to self-certify that they meet all the Federalrequirements in the ELDT regulations, as well as any applicable
Questions about this or any other regulation may be directed to
Division Administrator, Richard Bates, at 781-425-3210, or State
Programs Specialist Matthew Poirier at 781-425-3212.