Mass Transit, Public Project Delivery, and A Call To Action!
January 28, 2013
Bills regarding public project delivery and mass transit were heard in committee last week and AIA Indiana was there to support them. A call to action and detailed information regarding the aforementioned issues and other matters are explained below.
HB 1011 - public mass transportation, authored by Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), and co-authored by Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis), Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), and Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Indianapolis), was heard in the House Roads and Transportation Committee January 23. AIA Indiana testified in favor of the bill and stressed the positive transit-oriented development aspects that accompany increased mass transit investment.
The House Chamber was full of mass transit supporters for the committee hearing on HB 1011.
HB 1011 would create in Central Indiana a nine-county transit district and allow ballot questions in Marion and Hamilton counties on whether to raise local income taxes to help fund increased mass transit options. CLICK HERE to view a mass transit issue brief.
HB 1011 is scheduled to be amended and voted on in the House Roads and Transportations Committee January 30.
Your help is needed on this issue. If you have not already done so, please contact your state representative and ask them to support HB 1011.
House of Representatives Phone - 800/382-9841
Email - CLICK HERE
In particular if your state representative is one the legislators listed below, please contact them ASAP and ask them to support HB 1011.
*District 90: Rep. Mike Speedy: Indianapolis - firstname.lastname@example.org
*District 74: Rep. Lloyd Arnold: Crawford, Perry & surrounding counties - email@example.com
*District 33: Rep. Bill Davis: Jay, Randolph & Delaware Counties - firstname.lastname@example.org
*District 67: Rep. Randy Frye: Rush, Decatur, Ripley and Franklin Counties - email@example.com
*District 11: Rep. Rick Niemeyer: Lake & Porter Counties - firstname.lastname@example.org
*District 52: Rep. Ben Smaltz: DeKalb County and portions of Steuben & Allen - email@example.com
*District 71: Rep. Steven Stemler: Jeffersonville - firstname.lastname@example.org
HB 1036 - guaranteed energy savings contracts, authored by Rep. Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville), allows a licensed architect to enter into a guaranteed energy savings contract with a local unit of government. Currently, only licensed engineers can be providers. The bill was heard in the House Local Government Committee on January 17. AIA Indiana testified in favor of the bill. Thank you Hal Kovert, AIA for attending the hearing and providing testimony. No vote was taken on the bill at the hearing.
This past week HB 1036 was withdrawn in committee at the request of the bill's author. An agreement was reached with interested parties to meet and discuss a compromise over the interim that can be submitted as legislation in the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
HB 1207 - Construction Manager as constructor (CMc), authored by Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette), would allow public higher education institutions the option to use CMc. The bill was heard January 22 in the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee. AIA Indiana testified in support. Thank you Jim Schellinger, AIA for attending the hearing and providing testimony. No vote was taken on the bill.
Jim Schellinger, AIA testifying in favor of HB 1027.
Among those who testified in support of HB 1027 were: Shiel Sexton Co., Purdue University, Indiana University, Indiana Construction Association, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and Gilbane Co., among others. However, in an interesting twist, both union and non-union representatives testified in opposition to the bill. Their concerns included issues pertaining, but not limited, to bonding, labor inconsistency, guaranteed maximum price timing, CMc self-performance, project threshold, etc.
AIA Indiana is working with the bill's author, Rep. Truitt, on compromise amendment language in an effort to address concerns raised by those in opposition. AIA Indiana supports HB 1207 but will continue to encourage legislators to amend the bill to eliminate the current project dollar threshold and allow all public agencies the option to use CMc. CLICK HERE to view an AIA Indiana CMc Issue Brief.
Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, email@example.com, 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues.