|The Professional Engineer and Politics|
The Professional Engineer and Politics
In a free society, politics and government are inseparable. Politics shapes the character of government -- and government affects Americans at the local, state and national level. The engineering profession is directly affected by the course which government pursues regarding preservation of the free enterprise system and is particularly sensitive to actions of government which affect the professional climate in this country.
The importance of the relationship between the engineer and elected officials is exemplified by the remedy being sought for our state and nation's civil justice crisis.
The professional engineer must bring to the legislative process the practical, economic, legal and ethical viewpoint that the engineer is known to possess.
Professionals and businessmen who neglect politics cannot lament unsound legislation. The engineer must participate in politics in order to influence legislation.
The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) has developed an organization to affect government action at the state level while the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is providing the same service at the national level. Through their legislative committees, executive boards, contact committees and staffs, TSPE and NSPE are working to ensure that the views of their members are voiced in legislative halls.
In addition, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the legislative or political process, please call the TSPE Legislative Information Service, (512) 472-9286 or (800) 580-8973. As a member of TSPE, copies of specific bills are made available upon request.