Duty-to-Defend Legislation Passes the State Senate

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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.


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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