Duty-to-Defend Legislation Passes the State Senate
The legislative effort to stop clients from requiring design professionals to pay the clients’ defense costs before the design professional has been found to be at fault passed the State Senate this morning.
The bill, SB 885 (Senator Wolk), sponsored by our engineering and land surveying friends at ACEC-California, is a controversial bill due to the very active opposed by public and private sector owner groups, contractor and subcontractor groups, and construction unions.
The AIACC strongly supports SB 885 and has issued several calls-to-action to its Members. These calls-to-action have resulted in over 1,000 contacts between AIA Members and their State Senators. To those who have responded, thank you!
With its passage by the State Senate this morning, SB 885 now goes to the State Assembly for another round of hearings. Much work remains to be done for a meaningful bill to pass the State Assembly. It is a work-in-progress. You can expect to see many more calls-to-action from the AIACC in the coming months.