AIA Indiana Legislative E-Newsletter 
2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code Extension Granted!

The 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code (2010 InECC) was set to expire January 1, 2017, but a one-year extension was granted via executive order by Gov. Pence on December 30, 2016. The extension gives the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission a chance to adopt a new energy code by the end of 2017. The Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission is meeting tomorrow and this matter is on their agenda.

AIA Indiana will continue to monitor this matter and will be involved with the efforts to adopt a new code. See the December 21, 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal article regarding this matter:
Pence could leave state with no energy standards for buildings.

Thank you to everyone who contacted the governor's office regarding this matter. Your efforts made the difference!
 
Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org, 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns.
State Fair Stage Collapse Rule Expires

The Pence administration has let expire the emergency rule put in place after the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse that left seven people dead and dozens injured. AIA Indiana supports this rule becoming permanent. See the December 28, 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal article concerning this issue:  Critics decry Pence team for letting state fair stage collapse rule expire.

Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org, 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns.
The 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly begins January 3, 2017. Use your clout and support your profession by attending an "AIA Indiana Day at the Statehouse." This is a unique opportunity for you to learn firsthand about the key AIA state legislative and regulatory issues and become a lobbyist for day. You will be able to directly impact the legislative process by meeting with your state legislators and discussing the issues important to architects. Current dates available are: January 4, 5, 10, or 11. Please choose a date and RSVP to AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org, 317/634-6993. The day will begin at 12 p.m. with lunch and end no later than 3 p.m. A unified voice is vital. Don't wait to get involved!
Lobbying Basics for Communicating with Your Local Legislators 

*Please contact your state senator and state representative and introduce yourself, if you don't already know them. Invite them to tour your firm. Discuss with them the issues that are important to you and your firm. I am sure they will appreciate hearing from you. To contact your legislators, see the information below.
 
House of Representatives - 800/382-9842
State Senate - 800/382-9467
 
AIA Southern Indiana members meeting with Rep Ed Clere (R - New Albany), Sen. Ron Grooms (R - Jeffersonville) and Rep Steve Stemler (D - Jefferonville) at Kovert Hawkins Architects' office in Jeffersonville, IN. 

*Take a personal inventory of how you know legislators with whom you have a personal relationship (political or civic activities, church, business relationships, etc.)
 
*If you are having an open house, or important press release or ribbon cutting event, add your local legislators to the mailing list.
 
*Ask legislators and other elected officials to attend local AIA chapter meetings.
 
*Invite your local legislators to visit your firm.
 
*Invite your local legislator to lunch or coffee.
 
Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, 317/634-6993 or jshelley@aiaindiana.org , if you have any questions.
Architects for Indiana Political Action Committee 

Please contribute to the Architects for Indiana Political Action Committee (ARCHPAC).  The importance of our participation in the political process becomes evident each time we must take action to cope with legislative proposals that call for extending the sales tax to services, requiring stock school plans, or providing interior designers stamping privileges!  
 
Please join many of your fellow Hoosier AIA members who have already contributed and write a $50 check today to ARCHPAC and return it to AIA Indiana, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 955 S, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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