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Legislative Update VICKI L. LONG, CAE, HON. AIA FL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT The 2014 Legislative Session closed on May 2, when both chambers adjourned "sine die." For the first time in recent memory, AIA Florida was in the enviable position of asking for very little in the way of legislation and, rather, offering assistance to legislators as they wrestle with policy questions year-round. That proved to be a very good thing as only 264 bills were passed out of more than 1,800 bills filed. In January, early in the legislative season, the annual Legislative Day on the Hill event was held during a relatively calm committee week and prior to the frenetic days of mid-session, allowing members, staff and students to spend quality time with legislators. More than 50 members participated and nearly 40 architecture students from nearby FAMU signed up for the opportunity to observe and participate in the political process while meeting seasoned architects from around the state. Members were armed with "blueprints" which outlined the FA/ AIA Citizen Architect program, listed citizen architects around the state and encouraged legislators to seek the counsel of local architects when dealing with growth management, sustainable design, community development and other issues. Legislators were also reminded of the benefits of Florida's qualifications-based selection processes and were specifically asked to ensure no amendments to the Consultants' Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) were proposed or acted upon. After the long day, more than 20 legislators attended a reception at FA/AIA headquarters to mingle with tired but very enthusiastic AIA advocates. Of course, there were bills the association supported and opposed, and the governmental affairs team stood on high alert throughout session. Interestingly, the biggest fire drill involving CCNA was due to allies seeking to increase thresholds on continuing contracts and a suggested name change from CCNA to Qualifications-Based Selection Process. During a hastily arranged conference call with the affected professions - including FA/AIA staff and President Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP - it was agreed by the majority that opening the statute would not only be unwise, but would create an irresistible opportunity for adversaries to try to gut the statute. Other bills of interest: HB 593, sponsored by Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) and its companion, SB AIA Florida leaders gathered in the Florida House Chamber for their morning briefing that featured Bob Ward, Clerk of the House. 10 www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2014

President's Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
Legislative Update
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals
Captiva Guest House
Temporary Structures as Urban Elements
Sunrise Public Safety Complex
Judaica Reading Rooms, University of Florida
Wellness Center, Florida State University
Smokey Hollow Commemoration at Cascades Park
Master Plan for an Academic Hospital
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2014