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AIA Michigan Legislative Day

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Christman University, Ground Floor, The Christman Building 208 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI

 

2017 Legislative Day

 

 

22nd Annual Architects, Engineers
& Surveyors Legislative Day

 

Why Attend Legislative Day?

The Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors Legislative Committee (AESLC) represents the design profession by advocating on their behalf in the Michigan Legislature. Over the past several years we have been able to pass or oppose several pieces of important legislation:
  2008   Passage of SB 1515 & 4938, Increased Penalties for Unlicensed Activities
  2010   Passage of SB 1443, Grants for SRF Loan Applications
  2011   Passage of SB 77, Statute of Limitations Amendments
2012   Passage of HB 5466, Establish Fairness of Indemnification Provisions in Public Contracts
  2013   Passage of HB 4585, Electronic Seals and Signatures
2014   Passage of SB 472, Amendment of the State Remonumentation Act
2014   Passage of SB 1043, Corner Recordation Act
  2015   Passage of SB 309, Amendment of the State Condominium Act
  2015   Passage of Public Acts 174-180, increased funding for Transportation

 

It is essential that we build a relationships with our legislators in order to effectively represent our interests. The best way to do that is by having constituents visit with them and explain why the issues are important. Appointments will be scheduled for you with each of your legislators. Our lobbyist, Melissa Yutzey of Kelley Cawthorne, will provide an update and briefing to familiarize you with each of the legislative issues. A packet of information on the legislative topics and the AESLC organizations is provided for each legislator. You will also have a chance to meet with the legislators and staff members at the luncheon and Kelley Cawthorne receptions.

One of our major annual events to get our message to the legislature is Legislative Day, which is typically held in the spring. All members of AIA MI are welcomed and encouraged to attend and visit their legislator to promote the practice of architecture.

A long-term approach to government affairs requires (among other things) relationship building, visibility, awareness and vigilance.  The political environment is constantly evolving, so displaying a consistent presence by AIA is vital.  Our professional lobbyist provides an important measure of stability but Legislators must be convinced that AIA represents a significant, active constituency that is engaged in the public forum and will continue to be so engaged.  Our Legislative Day events serve to establish AIA as an active participate in Michigan government affairs.  There is no substitute for face-to-face exposure with Legislators by the membership, and no more effective manner of exposure than to appear en masse, along with our engineering allies for added weight.

Therefore, Legislative Day continues to be the signature event for the GAC. At the event(s), members convene to be educated in the current issues, meet with Michigan’s Representatives and Senators and express the profession’s interests and concerns. Our committee cannot function effectively without significant attendance at this event.  The more participants we have, the louder the voice of AIA Michigan will be.  A poor turnout can potentially damage our interests.  All AIA Michigan members are strongly encouraged to participate. As a dividend to the members, this event is fun.  Food and fun are always part of the Legislative Day events, and most new participants find themselves pleasantly surprised how enjoyable and fulfilling it can be to speak directly with their elected officials, and to contribute to the development of public policy.  Any member can partake effectively. Attendees are provided with information, instruction, and partners for visiting with the legislators. Members meet with their Legislators throughout the morning and afternoon, and entertain Legislators during the lunch hour at the buffet lunch hosted by AIA/ ACEC/MSPE/MSPS.