News from AIA National
Take Action Now on the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
Congress is discussing on the next COVID-19 relief measure right now. They need to hear from you, please weigh in with your federal legislators on this important legislation and urge them to act soon. The bill that is forthcoming is intended to replenish federal funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Emergency Loan (EIDL) program, both of which need additional funds.
News from AIA Ohio
A Letter from the President: AIA Ohio Legistlative Day
On Tuesday February 4, 2020, architects from around Ohio visited the Statehouse to meet with our state legislators. AIA Ohio organized “Statehouse Day” for members of AIA Ohio to discuss the issues affecting our profession from a legislative perspective. AIA Columbus was represented by a contingent of five members of our chapter and held meetings with three State Senators and one State Representative.
During our meetings with legislators, we discussed Senate Bill 136 (Payment Assurance Legislation) and House Bill 402 (Interior Design Licensing). We were able to explain to the law makers the role that Architects play in the improvement of our communities, and how these two bills affect that role. Regarding SB136, most were surprised to hear that Ohio is the only state in the country without some sort of codified legislation that protects the rights of Architects to get paid for their work. On HB402, we were able to help the representatives understand how the building permitting process works at a local level and what role we play as design professionals in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Beyond discussion of the two pieces of pending legislation, we had talks revolving around sustainable design practices and the state of design education at Ohio schools of Architecture.
The meetings presented an opening to connect with our representatives that allowed for an understanding on both sides of how the bills that are proposed and passed impact the built environment. Every opportunity we get to connect with and help educate not only our law makers, but the general public, on what we do is a chance to demonstrate the value we bring to our communities through the built environment.
Mike Vala, AIA
AIA Columbus 2020 Chapter President
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Together, with our members, we advocate for architects, the profession and the built environment at the federal, state, and local levels.
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