Association Information

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

State requirements.
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.

 

Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Legislative Update

By Ariela Lovett, Legislative Analyst, MMA

On July 16, Governor Baker signed a $350 million transportation bond bill that maintained the Chapter 90 local road and bridge program at $200 million for FY 22 and added $150 million across six municipal grant programs – $25 million each for the municipal small bridge program; a bottleneck relief program; transit-support live infrastructure; municipal bus transit; municipal mass transit access; and lelectric vehicles and related infrastructure. These grant programs were originally authorized through the omnibus transportation bond bill passed at the end of the 2020-2021 legislative session.

The MMA and MHA have long advocated with the Legislature and the Governor’s Administration to increase Chapter 90 funding to at least $300 million per year, indexed to inflation, and to pass multiyear

bills in order to assist with local planning efforts. Although the state has added several targeted, competitive road funding opportunities for municipalities in recent years, the MMA continues to argue in its testimony that “there is no substitute for the core Chapter 90 program, ”which is “the only non-competitive program that maintains local control over how to spend the dollars on local road projects” and the only one that benefits all 351 cities and towns.

 

The MMA is also advocating for a portion of the state’s nearly $5billion FY 21 budget surplus to be allocated to the Chapter 90 programs one-time supplemental funding. In letters to the Governor and the House and Senate Ways & Means Committee in recent months, the MMA asked for a $200 million cash outlay for the Chapter 90 program as part of the customary close-out budget bill that closes the books on the fiscal year. The letters cite the precedent of a $40 million cash appropriation from the FY 18 state surplus and a $20 million cash appropriation FY 2019 state surplus that were signed by the Governor.

The MMA is urging MHA members and other stakeholders to contact their legislators ASAP in support of this advocacy effort for $200 million in supplemental funding for the Chapter 90 program from the FY 21 state budget surplus. MassDOT recently launched the new local bottleneck reduction program, authorized through the 2021 transportation bond bill, as a competitive grant program to fund innovative solutions to address local congestion bottlenecks at intersections. Project grants will target improvements to individual signalized intersections or small corridors with multiple signalized intersections that contribute to travel delays.

Funds are to be used to address operational delays that are created from poor traffic signal timing, outdated equipment, or the lack of adequate vehicle detection to promote efficient movement of traffic for all approaches. Every municipality in Massachusetts is eligible to apply, with applications accepted through November 15 via MaPIT. MassDOT anticipates that project grants in the first round will range between $50,000-$200,000; MassDOT’s Capital Investment Plan allocates $2.5 million to the program for FY 22. More information on the program can be found here.

MassDOT has updated its Chapter 90 program web portal and released several new informational resources related to the program that are targeted to municipalities. A new Municipal Guidance Document reviews eligible expenses under the program and details project planning and implementation processes that are considered best practices. The guidance document also provides instructions for municipalities on how to use MaPIT, a GIS-driven project initiation and screening tool developed by MassDOT that will now support Chapter 90 project requests. MaPIT replaces paper-based

HB2317, An act providing fair and equitable line of duty death benefits for public employees.

You may see the Bill information here

Section 100A of Chapter 32 is hereby amended by striking subsection (c) in its entirety and replacing it with the following:

(c) The killed in the line of duty benefit shall be a 1-time payment of $300,000 to the family of a deceased public employee. As used in this section deceased public employee shall mean any public employee working for state or county government, a Massachusetts public higher education institution, a municipality, public school department, or public school district or public authority who, while in the performance of his/her duties and as a result of incident, accident or violence, was killed or sustained injuries which were the direct and proximate cause of his/her death.

Section 100A of Chapter 32 is further amended in subsection (d) by replacing each occurrence of the words “public safety employee” in this subsection with the words “public employee”

Section 16 of Chapter 15A is hereby amended by inserting after the word “corrections officer” the following words: – any public employee working for state or county government, a Massachusetts public higher education institution, a municipality, public school department, or public school district or public authority.