HB 943: Indemnification Bill
This bill would prohibit the use of broad form indemnification in contracts for architectural and engineering services. The bill ensures that engineers and architects are responsible for damages, loss and expenses caused by their own negligence but protect them from responsibility from the negligence of other parties. This bill would result in a level playing field for firms of all sizes to compete for work – in the past the smaller firms have stayed away from projects due to the liability costs.
HB 33: Opposing Code Enforcement Officer
Makes resisting, obstructing, hindering or opposing a code enforcement officer a crime.
HB 33 was assigned to the House Judy Non-Civil Committee. Despite numerous appearances on the agenda, the bill was never heard in Committee. HB 33 is unlikely to re-appear as it seems the Code Enforcement Association has backed off.
• Architects deal with code enforcement officers everyday and the wide scope of this bill is something we need to watch closely should it reappear.
Rep. Brett Harrell
Rep. Ron Stephens
Rep. Mickey Stephens
Rep. Buzz Brockway
Rep. Meagan Hanson
HB 297: Professional Licensing Board Update
Housekeeping bill for professional licensing boards. The bill allows the division director to establish administrative standards for the examination of applicants for licensure by professional licensing boards. This is notwithstanding any other provisions to the law to the contrary.
• In 2015, HB 297 passed the House and the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but failed to pass out of the full Senate.
• All bills that affect the licensing boards in some way effect architects. We always watch these bills closely when this code section is opened.
Beth Beskin (R – Atlanta, Buckhead area) , author
Randy Nix (R – Lagrange)
Harry Geisinger (R – Roswell)
Howard Maxwell (R – Dallas)
John Deffenbaugh (R – Lookout Mountain)
Mike Dudgeon (R – Johns Creek)
HB 136: “Taxpayer First Act”
Entitled “Taxpayer First Act” by the author, HB 136 relates to the competitive bidding procedures for State purchasing. It requires a cost comparison prior to entering into certain private service contracts and would prohibit the State from entering into these contracts unless they prove financially advantageous.
• HB 136 was assigned to the House Governmental Affairs Committee and never received a hearing in Committee. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Ed Rynders, told us he was not interested in moving the bill.
• This would affect an architects ability to negotiate State work.
Earnest Smith (D – Augusta), author
Mack Jackson (D – Sandersville)