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Two Wins for Kentucky Architects in 2014 Legislative Session;

P3 to Return in 2015

By Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., Manager of State and Local Government Relations and Janet Pike, Hon. AIA, Executive Director AIA Kentucky

Kudos to Kentucky!

AIA Kentucky had a largely successful 2014 Legislative Session, supporting two important bills that were enacted into law. AIA National applauds the efforts of our Kentucky Component and its recent, exciting victories. Below, please find a summary of the details of the legislation from AIA Kentucky Executive Director, Janet Pike, Hon. AIA.

From the Component:

HB 369, which lowers the statute of limitations on written contracts from 15 years to 10 years, was enacted into law on April 14. This puts Kentucky more in line with the rest of the nation and should help with insurance costs going forward.

SB 74, which provides Good Samaritan protection for architects and engineers who volunteer their services, passed late on the final night of the session. This legislation will encourage more members of the profession to make their services available in times of need without fear of frivolous law suits.

Two bills AIA Kentucky worked on that did not pass were HB 404 and HB 407. HB 404, which would establish Energy Project Assessment Districts (EPADs) (known elsewhere as PACE), was never assigned to a Senate committee. The concept allows owners of commercial buildings to finance energy improvement projects through a property tax assessment. AIA Kentucky supports the concept and we expect the legislation to return in 2015.

Public/private partnership (P3) legislation (HB 407), crafted by a large coalition led by the Kentucky Chamber and AGC, was vetoed by the Governor due to inclusion of an amendment that prohibits tolling on a Kentucky/Ohio bridge project. AIA Kentucky endorsed HB 407 after several suggested revisions were made. The Component also signed onto a letter encouraging the Governor to sign the bill despite the toll issue. HB 407 will be back in 2015 and AIA Kentucky will be working with other interest groups to make additional improvements in the legislation.

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