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What Has MSS Done for You Lately?

Here are just a few highlights of accomplishments and activities

of the Maryland Society of Surveyors in recent months.

· In the 2019 session of the Maryland state legislature, the MSS bill to add surveying to A&E in Maryland’s mini-Brooks Act, or QBS law, passed both the State House and State Senate unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Hogan

· Hosted the 2018 NSPS Fall Business Meeting and Young Surveyors Network – North American Meeting at the MSS Fall Conference, October 17-20, 2018 in College Park

· Published three (3) books – Law of Land Boundaries (2018 Supplement) by James Demma, Institutes of Boundary Retracement by Joel Leininger, and Statutory Laws of Maryland Relating to Land Surveyor by James Demma

· Continued implementing a Workforce Development program, through our Baltimore Chapter, that is attracting young people to careers in surveying, earning a cover story in P.O.B. magazine and featured on Baltimore television in 2018 and again in 2019 and in the Baltimore Sun during Surveyors Week 2019

· Secured 2019 Surveyors Week proclamation from Governor Hogan

· Annually present more than 80 hours of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) education annually on cutting-edge topics

· Provided scholarships for the education of future surveyors through the MSS Educational Trust

· Presented annual Certified Survey Technician (CST) examination review classes, which are sold out

· Assisted future surveyors with licensing examination preparation

· Established a process with DLLR for searchable data on retired surveyor license and corporation number tracking

·  Assisted the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveying (DLLR) with development of licensing examination questions

· Our bill to remove the exemption from licensure of surveyors employed in state government passed the House but was bottled up in committee in the Senate

· We’re working on a NSRS 2022 study committee and have had initial discussions with the Maryland Geological Survey, the state agency responsible for the Maryland Coordinate System

· MSS has worked with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to improve their surveying program, including implementation of a variety of on-line delivery options, and providing an articulation agreement with the survey engineering program at the University of Maine, for a full 4-year degree path via on-line, distance learning

· Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-MD) has introduced a NSPS-supported bill, H.R. 2189, the Digital Coast Act, to establish a geospatial data collection, archive and applications program for the coastal areas of the United States

· Hosted a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Robert McCord, Secretary of Planning at a General Membership Meeting & Dinner, Tuesday, May 21, at Dutch's Daughter Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland

· A MSS committee began work with the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveying (DLLR) on updates and revisions to the surveying practice act

· MSS annual conference was October 16-19 at the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland

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