Onerous Liability Legislation Defeated

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Legislation that would have removed the 10-year statute of limitation for design professionals, contractors and others associated with the built environment in limited situations failed passage earlier this month in the State Assembly Judiciary Committee.

The AIACC was a part of the coalition in opposition to this bill, AB 1207.

AB 1207 would have exposed design professionals and others to great uncertainty and enormous exposure by removing the 10-year statute of limitation for damages allegedly caused by a pollutant or hazardous material.

If AB 1207 had passed and subsequently been enacted into law, an architect who works on a project in 2013 and specifies dry wall, for example, could be sued in 2063 if in 2062 the federal or state government classifies a material in the dry wall as hazardous.

Click here to read the coalition letter in opposition to AB 1207.

This is just one of the hundreds of bills the AIACC is watching on your behalf. Through AIACC intervention, this bill was defeated before it could negatively impact you or your firm. If you have any questions about legislation or suggestions for legislative remedies to improve the practice of architecture, please let me know.


Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC

Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC, is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council, a position he has held since 1999. In this position, Mark is responsible for monitoring the CA State Legislature, identifying bills of interest to the profession, developing and implementing strategies for the positive outcome of legislation of interest to the profession, and representing the profession before the legislature. Prior to joining the AIACC, Mark worked for the State Assembly for nine years in several capacities, including as a policy consultant on several significant environmental laws. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the California State University, Sacramento.

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    Alice Sung, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

    Yes, thank you , Mark, and to the AIACC/coalition!

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    Ken Kornberg

    Thanks Mark for a job well done. Your constant effort to protect architects statewide is of great value to us.

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