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Close Relations
Inside AIA National’s State Relations Team
May 5, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Close Relations. We hope you have a fun and productive experience at the 2011 AIA National Convention next week; please join us for the SGN/BAC meeting on May 11 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. (more information below under EVENTS). Thanks to AIA Consultant Zachary Hart for his help with this and other recent editions of Close Relations.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS:
  • AIA Hawaii scored a major legislative victory with the passage of HB985 CD1. The bill creates a two-step process for the procurement of construction projects using the design-build method. The bill also allows the procurement officer to pay short-listed firms a conceptual design fee even if they do not win the contract. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Executive Vice President Amy Blagriff, Hon. AIA Honolulu, at amy@aiahonolulu.org.
  • Lobbying by AIA Indiana helped remove language from the state budget that would have placed a moratorium on all construction of nursing homes. Another bill, SB 533, passed both houses of the Indiana Legislature and would streamline the proposal process for design-build projects. Finally, two bills, HB1457 and SB260, which would have allowed local governments to set up clean energy financing districts, both failed to pass into law after disagreements on whether the districts would be privately or publicly funded. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Executive Director Jason Shelley at jshelley@aiaindiana.org.
  • AIA Maine members met with state legislators at the 2011 Design and Construction Legislative Breakfast last month to discuss the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and other issues. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Communications Director Judith W. Harvie, Hon. AIA Maine, at jharvie@roadrunner.com.
AROUND THE HORN:
  • In the wake of last month’s devastating tornados, AIA Alabama will host a free ATC 45 training (click to register by noon CDT this Friday, May 6) this Saturday, May 7 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Tuscaloosa Transportation Department Building. The training will cover the ATC 45 Field Manual: Safety Evaluations of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods. After completing the training, volunteers will be able to conduct safety assessments on buildings affected by last week’s tornados. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Executive Director Larry Vinson at larry@gmsal.com.
THIS WEEK IN STATE RELATIONS:
  • SGN Advisory Panels: The Tort / Liability, Interior Design, and Licensure Advisory Panels had their first meetings this week. Relevant documents for each Panel will be posted to Sharepoint: Click here, then “SGN Advisory Panels.” Contact Chris Merriam if you’re interested in joining one of the Panels.
  • SGN Listserv threads: The only SGN Listserv thread this week was called “Coalitions on Tort / Liability issues?”, in which SGN members were asked to provide any success stories in building coalitions for Tort/Liability reform on the State level. This conversation (including several responses not sent to the listserv), like all SGN Listserv threads are archived on Sharepoint; click here, then “SGN Listserv Threads.”
EVENTS:
  • As we reported last week, the SGN/BAC meeting will take place at Convention in New Orleans on May 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM (CDT). The meeting’s purpose is to allow SGN stakeholders to provide feedback on AIA's position statements which are up for review. These policies and statements articulate to policymakers, the general public, and the design and construction industry the AIA's stances on public policy concerns affecting members, the profession of architecture, and the Institute itself. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Angie Taylor, Director of State Relations, at angietaylor@aia.org.

  • The annual Citizen’s Architect Exchange and Civic Engagement Reception will take place at the AIA National Convention on Wednesday, May 11. The events will feature guest speakers, discussions, and networking focused on civic engagement and leadership. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Vanessa Leon, Manager of Local Relations, at vanessaleon@aia.org.
  • The next SGN Open Call will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (EDT) (GMT-04:00). Brooks Rainwater, Director of Local Relations, will give a recap of the Citizen Architect Sessions that he will lead at the upcoming AIA National Convention in New Orleans.

    Call-in number: 866-699-3239
    Event number: 664 046 866
    Event password: Welcome11
    Event address for attendees:
    https://aiaevents.webex.com/aiaevents/onstage/g.php?d=664046866&t=a
  • Audio and relevant documents from every SGN Open Call are archived on Sharepoint; click here, then SGN Open Calls, then the folder for the call you wish to access.

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