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AIA Ohio works to affect legislation that could impact architects and the design profession in Ohio.  Here is a list of past legislative actions that we have influenced. 

Pro-Active Legislation:

A.            Qualification Based Selection Law (QBS)

                i.              State Law- 1987 (Modeled after Brooks)

                ii.             Application to political subdivisions- 2011

B.            The Architect’s Seal Law – 1995

C.            Architect’s Statutes of Repose- twice

                i.              1996 as HB 350- Voinovich

                ii.             1999 Held unconstitutional (5-3)

                iii.            2005 Re-enacted as SB 80- 10 years.

D.            Building Code Legislation: Ongoing (numerous occurrences)

E.            Energy Efficiency Laws: Ongoing (numerous occurrences)

F.            Historic Tax Credits: Ongoing (numerous occurrences)

G.           Sustainability proposals: Ongoing (numerous occurrences)

H.            Construction Reform Legislation

I.             Establishment of an AIA-Ohio Advisory Committee to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

Defensive Legislation:

A.                            Defeated Engineer encroachment upon architecture

B.                            Defeated Governor Kasich’s proposed tax on architectural services

C.                            Defeat of fourteen (14) Bills over 28 years to license interior designers

D.                            Opposed Chemical Assn. attack on LEED- 2014

Triple Play Program

AIA Ohio PAC - Our "Triple Play" program allows individuals to take up to a $50 tax credit (or $100 on joint returns) for personal contributions made to the campaigns of state office holders.

Our AIA-Ohio PAC matches the member's contribution and sends a letter to the candidate asking him/her to use the contributing architect as a sounding board for design/construction legislation.

To participate, send a copy of a check written to a candidate for state office along with the triple play form to AIA Ohio PAC (17 S. High St., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH  43215).  We’ll send a matching contribution to that candidate, along with a letter indicating that this matching contribution is a direct result of a contribution by the member.  

Statute of Repose

An Ohio Architect’s Statute of Repose was included in Senate Bill 80 which was signed by Governor Taft January 7, 2005.

Statute of Repose Provisions

·        Establishes a 10-year statute of repose for construction-related claims with the 10-year period beginning 10 years from the date of substantial completion of the project (Section 2305.131)

·        Establishes a 10-year statute of repose for product liability claims against manufacturers or suppliers of products (Section 2305.10)

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