Champions of Infrastructure - 86th Legislative Session
 
 

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas is proud to announce the recipients of the Champion of Infrastructure Award for the 2019 86th Legislative Session.

The Champion of Infrastructure Award recognizes elected officials who support the engineering community by promoting policies that encourage infrastructure development and create a fair, business-friendly environment in the State of Texas.  The award recipients are selected by the members of the ACEC Texas Public Policy Council (PPC).

A special thank you to each of the following legislators for their work during the 2019 Texas Legislative Session
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Senator Kirk Watson
Democrat – Austin

Former State Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin) was recognized by ACEC Texas with the Champion of Infrastructure Award for his work and support during the 86th Legislative Session.

The Champion of Infrastructure Award recognizes elected officials who support the engineering community by promoting policies that encourage infrastructure investment and create a fair, business-friendly environment in the State of Texas.   The award recipients are chosen by the members of the ACEC Texas Public Policy Council (PPC).

Senator Kirk Watson has long been a staunch advocate for transportation infrastructure, most notably working to promote common sense legislation for project financing.  He also worked together with ACEC Texas on revisions to the Public Information Act to ensure that proprietary information, submitted to governmental entities in response to requests for qualifications, can be protected from disclosure to competitors.


“As Texas continues to grow at an astronomical rate, infrastructure funding continues to be a critical need for our state,” said ACEC Texas President Peyton McKnight.  “Senator Watson was truly a champion of infrastructure in the Texas Legislature.  He worked tirelessly to pro vide meaningful funding for infrastructure projects while also making sure Texas continues to have a fair and balanced business environment.  We wish Senator Watson all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his decades of public service.”

ACEC Texas is the business association of Texas engineering firms. The organization is committed to advancing the private practice of consulting engineering, enhancing markets for private engineering services, educating the public on the importance of infrastructure investment, and promoting sound business practices within the industry and its client base.


 
Representative Dade Phelan
Republican –Beaumont

ACEC Texas is pleased to recognize Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) as an engineering industry champion with the Champion of Infrastructure Award for his work during the 2019 Legislative Session. 

The Champion of Infrastructure Award recognizes elected officials who support the engineering community by promoting policies that encourage infrastructure development and create a fair, business-friendly environment in the State of Texas.   The award recipients chosen by the members of the ACEC Texas Public Policy Council (PPC).

Behind Representative Phelan’s leadership, the 86th Texas Legislature passed historic legislation that resulted in almost $1.7 billion of funding to help pay for flood control projects and repairs across the state.

“Chairman Phelan worked tirelessly before and during the 2019 Legislative Session to pass legislation that provides funding to aid local communities across the state in mitigating the devastating effects of flooding in Texas,” said ACEC Texas President Peyton McKnight.  “State funding for flood projects across our state was long overdue, and we thank Chairman Phelan for his dedication to this critical issue.”

ACEC Texas is the business association of Texas engineering firms. The organization is committed to advancing the private practice of consulting engineering, enhancing markets for private engineering services, educating the public on the importance of infrastructure investment, and promoting sound business practices within the industry and its client base.

 

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez
Democrat – Weslaco

ACEC Texas is honored to recognize Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) as an engineering industry champion with the
Champion of Infrastructure Award.


The ACEC Texas Champion of Infrastructure Award recognizes elected officials who support the engineering community by promoting policies that encourage infrastructure investment and create a fair, business-friendly environment in the State of Texas.  The award recipients are chosen by the members of the ACEC Texas Public Policy Counci l.

Representative Martinez is a longstanding advocate for infrastructure funding and most recently passed House Bill 1542 in the 86th Legislative Session to provide consistency in procurement procedures for design-build projects.  The legislation will help ensure a fair business environment in Texas.

“Representative Martinez has been a steadfast supporter of infrastructure and the engineering industry,” said ACEC Texas President Peyton McKnight.  “Our member firms appreciate Representative Martinez for supporting Texas businesses as well as for his work on infrastructure investment and procurement reform.  On behalf of ACEC Texas, I am honored to present this award to Representative Martinez.”

ACEC Texas is the business association of Texas engineering firms. The organization is committed to advancing the private practice of consulting engineering, enhancing markets for private engineering services, educating the public on the importance of infrastructure investment, and promoting sound business practices within the industry and its client base.


 

Representative Drew Darby
Republican – San Angelo

ACEC Texas is pleased to recognize Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) as an engineering industry champion with the Champion of Infrastructure Award.
 

Representative Drew Darby authored House Bill 1211 to prohibit design contracts from including unreasonable and uninsurable risk-shifting duty to defend provisions for all contracts for engineering and architectural services.  Currently, Texas law prohibits only public contracts from requiring engineers or architects to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend a public entity for their negligence, legislation that Representative Darby had also worked on.  Unfortunately, H.B. 1211 failed to pass due to a separate legislative issue, however the issue remains a top priority for ACEC Texas.  

“Representative Darby has supported the engineering community throughout his tenure in the Texas Legislature,” said ACEC Texas President Peyton McKnight.  “His work with our industry on infrastructure funding and pro-business issues has helped to create a fair business environment that allows Texas engineering firms to thrive.  On behalf of ACEC Texas, I am honored to present this award to Representative Darby.”

“The American Council of Engineering Companies has been a steadfast supporter of legislative policies to strengthen and evolve our state’s building systems and infrastructure development,” said Representative Darby. “I greatly appreciate this recognition and want to thank ACEC and its many members for your partnership and pro-business advocacy.”


Representative Darby worked tirelessly throughout the 86th Legislative Session on H.B. 1211, and for Texas engineers. Darby's ongoing advocacy and support for a fair, business friendly environment in Texas makes him an ACEC Texas Champion of Infrastructure.  A San Angelo native, Representative Darby was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006 and represents a nine county district in West Texas.
 


 
 
 

 


















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