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Last Tuesday, April 26, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 943 into law. This important legislation, which was introduced at ACEC Georgia's request and which was sponsored by Rep. Carl Rogers (R-Gainesville), will prohibit the use of broad form indemnification and duty to defend clauses in contracts for engineering, architectural and/or land surveying services. "Broad form" indemnification clauses require parties to assume liability for damages arising from a project without regard to which party actually caused the loss or whether the party assuming the liability is even negligent at all. Engineers and architects who have signed these clauses were literally putting their firms on the line because there is no professional liability policy or policy endorsement available that would insure this type of additional risk. 

As a result of HB 943 being signed into law, those types of clauses will be "against public policy and void and unenforceable" to quote the language of the new O.C.G.A. 13-8-2(c), which will become effective as of July 1, 2016 (note that contracts entered into prior to that effective date would not be affected).
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Inaugural ACEC Georgia
PAC Golf Tournament

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and over 50 golfers who played in our inaugural PAC Golf Tournament on Friday, April 29, we were able to raise more than $10,000 for the ACEC Georgia PAC! Click here to view photos from the event. 

Mark Your Calendar!
The 2017 PAC Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 28 at Bear's Best.

FUTURE LEADERS GRADUATION

Join ACEC Georgia Board Members and firm principals to meet and celebrate the most recent graduates of our Future Leaders Program, a 20-year-old initiative that has helped to further the careers of some of the most talented and successful engineers in the industry.
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5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Buckhead Club
TRANSPORTATION PANEL: HOW FUTURE PROJECTS WILL BE PROCURED & WHAT CLIENTS WANT YOU TO KNOW

Held in partnership with SMPS Atlanta, this event will feature a panel discussion with Treasury Young (GDOT), Curtis Scott (GDOT) and Jim Wilgus (Cobb DOT).
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11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dunwoody Country Club
2016 GEORGIA ENGINEERS SUMMER CONFERENCE

Join us for insights into the cutting edge technology at Walt Disney World® Resort, networking with industry leaders, lots of PDHs and discounted tickets to the parks. Register now - only 10 rooms left at Disney's Contemporary Resort!
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Disney's
Contemporary Resort
POLITICAL ADVOCACY
AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

On April 19, a group of ACEC Georgia leaders met with members of Georgia's Congressional delegation at our nation's Capitol. Pictured above: Michael Sullivan with ACEC Georgia, Jay Wolverton with Wolverton & Associates, Congressman Barry Loudermilk, Kevin McOmber with Clark Patterson Lee, Darrell Rochester with Rochester & Associates, Doris Willmer with Willmer Engineering and Charles Ezelle with Thomas & Hutton. Click here to view more photos.
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We're celebrating the one-year anniversary of
Engineering Georgia's launch with this issue, which 
also features our 2016 Engineering Excellence Award winners!

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