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Message from
AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley 
 Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions regarding legislative issues.  




 AIA Indiana Members

in Action!


 2015 AIA Indianapolis President Blake Wagner, AIA testifying in committee


(L-R) Diana Brenner, FAIA and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann


Wayne Schmidt, FAIA testifying in committee


(L-R) Jason Shelley, AIA Indiana Executive Director and Dan Mader, AIA


(L-R) Dan Weinheimer, AIA and Rep. Jerry Torr (R - Carmel)


(L-R) Adam Palmer, AIA and AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley 


 Wayne Schmidt, FAIA testifying in committee


  (L-R) Tony Costello, FAIA and Sen. Tim Lanane (D - Anderson)



 Andy Hine, AIA testifying in committee


  (L-R) Luke Leising, AIA and Rep. Ed Delaney (D - Indianapolis)


 Deb Kunce, FAIA testifying in committee 


(L-R) Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Matt Mayol, AIA


 (L-R) Sen. Greg Taylor (D - Indianapolis) and Stewart Whitcomb, AIA


 Jim Schellinger, AIA, testifying in committee


 (L-R) AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley and Mark Beebe, AIA




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Licensing Issues Heat Up & Legislative Session Wrap-Up
June 18, 2015

The Job Creation Committee (JCC) - The JCC, which was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2014 to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of all professional licenses regulated by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA), issued its first draft report yesterday, which included findings on regulating the architects, landscape architects, and engineers among others. The report recommends Indiana continue to license architects as an important means to protect the public health, safety and welfare. However, the JCC recommended discontinuing the licensure of landscape architects and engineers. CLICK HERE to view the full report. 

This report is still subject to final changes approved at the JCC's meeting on June 17, and the final report will be given to the General Assembly and Governor's Office July 1. Any action on the report's recommendations would not take place until the 2016 legislative session.

On October 16, 2014, Jason Shelley, AIA Indiana Executive Director, and Dan Weinheimer, American Structurepoint, attended the JCC meeting at the Indiana Government Center South Building as representatives of the practice of architecture in the State of Indiana. Jason Shelley made a presentation on the mission and workings of the American Institute of Architects and provided a brief explanation about the profession of architecture. Both Jason and Dan fielded questions and concerns from the committee on the process of licensure, the state's role in the licensing process, how that compares to other states, the current status of educating, training, and testing and licensing of architects.

The JCC is chaired by IPLA's Executive Director, Nicholas Rhoad, with other members of the committee being: Chad Timmerman from the Office of Management and Budget, Allen Pope from the Attorney General's Office (nonvoting member), Barbara Quandt with NFIB (nonvoting member), Stefanie Krevda (consumer member), Timothy Reed (representative from licensed field), Richard Wilson (consumer member) and John Wright (representative from licensed field).

AIA Indiana will continue to closely monitor this issue as it evolves and moves to the Indiana General Assembly for debate and consideration.

2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up - The 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly concluded on April 29. SB 460 - Nursing Home Construction Moratorium, which bans nursing home construction in the state for the next three years, passed into law. Thankfully HB 1507, which called for eliminating the requirement the state building commissioner be a licensed architect or engineer, did not pass. Also, of note in the budget bill, language establishing a $1.25 million Historic Preservation Grant Program beginning in 2017 passed. However, the language eliminated the Indiana Historic Preservation Tax Credit, which awarded a maximum of $450,000 per year but had a 12-year waiting list to attain the credit.

Th e next session of the Indiana General Assembly is scheduled to meet in January 2016. During the interim AIA Indiana will be monitoring legislative summer study committees, monitoring actions by the State Board of Registration for Architects & Landscape Architects, lobbying to improve the recently enacted historic preservation grant program, and meeting with legislators.

Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org , 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues.


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.



Rep Ed Clere
(Far Upper Right) Rep. Ed. Clere (R-New Albany) speaking to AIA Southern Indiana Chapter members at Kovert Hawkins Architects' office in Jeffersonville, IN.

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
*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.