AIA member volunteers and staff advocate at the local, state and federal levels of government based on member-driven policies and positions. We have a standing Government Affairs Committee to delve into state policy issues. We also activate members to be grassroots champions locally, statewide and at the national level.
AIA Colorado Supports Public Infrastructure
The 2017 AIA Colorado Board of Directors has approved a letter to be sent to the Governor, House and Senate Leadership, and members of the Joint Budget Committee and Capital Development Committee strongly encouraging each of them to support infrastructure development beyond roads and bridges. The letter includes several key findings from a 2016 AIA polls that found a strong majority Americans, 83% consider public buildings, such as schools, libraries, community centers and parks as equally important to their community as more traditional infrastructure and that, 94% of Americans believe that constructing new public buildings and maintaining existing ones is critical to the future of their community.
AIA Colorado South Hosts State Legislators for Panel Discussion
Interested in how the results of the 2016 election will impact our profession? AIA Colorado has recently updated our summary of 2016 State and Local Ballot Measures with election results and an overview of how these new laws might impact Colorado architects and the built environment. In addition to the 9 statewide measures, there were over 100 local issues, including school district funding requests, city and county ballot questions, and special district measures that Coloradans voted on this November. Of these measure, many of the ones that passed will shape our communities and impact the work architects throughout Colorado for many years to come.
To learn more about which state, county and municipal ballot measures passed and how these changes will affect you, follow the link below.
Once again, we find ourselves in an election year and, in Colorado, that means constitutional amendments. A lot of amendments. Our state constitution is unique in that it is one of the easiest to amend in the entire country. If you’ve voted recently in Colorado, you’ve probably noticed this. If you haven’t voted recently, you can register here.
Have you ever wondered how all these amendments made it onto the ballot? They’re actually the result of a lengthy, though some argue too easy, process involving the Colorado Legislative Council and the Secretary of State, which you can read more about here. During the 2015-16 election cycle alone, over 150 citizen initiatives were filed. Of those, only seven successfully made it onto the ballot.
Of the seven proposed amendments, AIA Colorado has identified one in particular that will likely have a significant impact on Colorado Architects. For more information on why AIA Colorado is opposing Amendment 69, follow the link above.
2016 News & Updates
House Bill 16-1076 Retired Architect goes into effect today!
HB16-1076 offers a duly licensed Colorado architect, who is at least 65 years old and retired from the practice of architecture, the opportunity to be reclassified as a Retired Architect and the right to use the title “Retired Architect”.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their state representative and senator to ask for their support. We could not have done it without you. To learn more about HB 16-1076, read the fact sheet prepared by AIA Colorado here.
2015 News & Updates
AIA staff, committee members and member volunteers are constantly advocating at the state, local and federal levels for policy issues that affect architects and the profession. The 2015 session of the Colorado General Assembly kicked-off on January 7 and the Government Affairs Committee and Legislative Subcommittee are working hard to review all bills and remain part of the legislative discussions that are important to members. See below for recent news and updates.
- Colorado Springs Mayoral Candidate Interviews (March 9): Interview Overview and Candidates’ Positions and Details
2017 Legislative Overview
More information, including a brief summary of the legislation, the current status of the bill and AIA Colorado’s position, is included below. Currently, this list is not all-inclusive and contains only some of the legislation we are currently monitoring.
To view the full list of bills AIA Colorado is currently monitoring click HERE
Status: House Third Reading – Passed
House Bill 17-1067 updates ANSI references in existing statutes to refer to current standards by eliminating information pertaining to a specific, earlier version of the standards.
The House Committee on Local Government referred House Bill 17-1067, with amendments, to the full House on a unanimous vote of 11-0 on 01/25/2017. The House adopted the committee amendments, and floor amendments and passed the bill on 01/31/2017. the bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Status: Introduced in House, Assigned to Judiciary Committee
House Bill 17-1112 would provide immunity from civil and administrative penalties imposed by regulatory agencies for individuals who practice a profession without prior authorization if they 1) initiate a voluntary disclosure of the unauthorized act with DORA, 2) have not previously engaged in unauthorized practice 3) are authorized to practice in a related field.
House Bill 17-1112 was introduced in the House on 1/20/2017 and assigned to the Judiciary Committee. The committee hearing date has not been set.
Status: Introduced in Senate, Assigned to Business, Labor and Technology
Senate Bill 17-045 would require the court to apportion defense costs among all insurers with a duty to defend prior to the start of a trial.
Senate Bill 17-045 was introduced in the Senate on 1/11/2017 and assigned to the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. The committee hearing is scheduled for February 1, 2017.
2016 Legislative Summary
To view the 2016 Legislative Report, click here.
2015 Legislative Summary
To view the 2015 legislative report, click here.
2014 Legislative Summary
To download the 2014 legislative report, click here.
Every 7 – 10 years, Colorado’s licensing statute comes up for “Sunset Review.” AIA Colorado is the only organization that works to have a voice in this process and is the only organization that fights to protect the interests of Colorado architects.
It is illegal for unlicensed design professionals to hold themselves out as architects, or as practicing architecture or architectural services. Similarly, a majority of a company’s owners or partners must be licensed architects in order to use the term “architect(s)” within the company name, so as not to mislead the public. An exception is for the title of “architectural intern,” which may be used by individuals working under the supervision of a licensed architect and in the process of completing required practice hours in preparation for the architect licensing exams. See Colorado Revised Statute 12.25.3 for more information.
Our “Every Building Has an Architect” postcard campaign encourages journalists to identify the architect in articles written about the built environment. Each time an article is published about a building, and fails to identify the architect, a postcard is sent to the writer explaining that the architect should be credited for his or her work.
Contact Michael Winn if you see an article where the architect is not mentioned. Please include the news source, article title, article date, writer’s name and architect.
AIA Colorado Advocacy Toolkit includes resources to help our members get involved in their community easily and quickly. As a member, this is your one-stop shop to learn about new opportunities in your local community.
Follow the links below to learn more
A great way to have a long-term impact is to volunteer for a board or commission in your community. These boards and commissions typically meet once a month and greatly benefit from the insight and experience of architects.
Volunteer Boards and Commissions Openings
Counties, Municipalities and Special Districts regularly host events to gather public input on things such as long term community planning and development. Participating in these public meetings is a great way for the local architectural community to positively shape local development and act as a resource for the public.
Community Meetings and Events
The GAC meets the first Friday of every month from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the AIA Colorado office, with a web/phone conference option, making it convenient for all to participate statewide.
Joining the GAC is one of the best ways to impact the practice of architecture. We encourage you to join us! For more information, contact Michael Winn at 303.446.2266, ext. 103.
- Directly affects the practice and regulation of Architecture.
- Is of an architectural nature, including planning, zoning, transportation, and engineering.
- Affects the construction industry, including capital funding.
- Relates to the built environment, such as affordable housing.
- Affects the business of architecture.
- Any other legislation directed by the GAC or other AIA Colorado committees, including the Board of Directors.
- Any other legislation requested to be monitored by affiliated associations, such as ACEC or AGC.
For more information, contact Michael Winn, at 303.446.2266, ext. 103.
Why do we fundraise?
- Campaigns are expensive.
- Fundraising works.
Fundraising may get a bad wrap, but it’s absolutely essential to effective advocacy. Modern campaigns, even relatively small campaigns are expensive, and only getting worse. Between official contributions and outside money from special interest groups, a competitive Colorado State Senate race could involve nearly a million dollars. We simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and hope that the individuals who get elected will listen to our concerns. We make campaign contributions to ensure that we are always at the table when important policy is being crafted.
What is ARCpac?
ARCpac, or the Architects of Colorado Political Committee, is a state-level fundraising committee created by AIA Colorado to financially support candidates for state office. There are several types of committees permitted under Colorado law, and a “Political Committee” is simply one of them. For more information on the different types of fundraising committees in Colorado, visit the Secretary of State’s Elections website. Political Committees are often utilized by organization, such as AIA Colorado, who are looking to collect large contributions and influence numerous elections.
What is ARCsdc?
Much like ARCpac, ARCsdc, or the Architects of Colorado Small Donor Committee, is a state-level fundraising committee created to support candidates for state office. Small Donor Committees differ from Political Committees in several important ways, however. SDC’s are primarily utilized by organizations that wish to collect many, relatively small contributions from a much larger group of individuals in order to make a limited number of major contributions to very important or influential candidates.
Who may contribute?
Political committees such as ARCpac may accept both individual and corporate contributions. In this way, firms, who are not permitted to give directly to candidates, may participate through the efforts of ARCpac.
Small Donor Committees such as ARCsdc may only accept contributions from individuals.
Why should I contribute?
Standing up for, and supporting candidates and elected officials who have stood up for us, is both the right thing to do, and the most effective way to ensure that we remain able to positively influence policy at the state level. Without your contribution, it is very difficult for AIA Colorado to sustain these relationships and pass important legislation that benefits our profession.
What are the campaign contribution limits in Colorado?
|Who can contribute?||individuals and companies||individuals|
|How much?||Up to $575 per two-year election cycle||Up to $50 per year|
Political Committees, like ARCpac, may accept up to $575 per person per election cycle. Small Donor Committees, like ARCsdc, may accept only $50 per person per calendar year.
Conversely, Political Committees may contribute up to $400 per candidate per election cycle. Small Donor Committees, however may contribute significantly higher amounts, up to $4850 per candidate per election cycle.
How will you spend my contribution?
That depends. Contributions to ARCpac are combined, typically into $200 and $400 checks, and distributed to candidates throughout each local sections and among all major parties. With ARCpac contributions, we aim to build broad support for our industry across a large cross-section of our elected officials.
Contributions to ARCsdc have a different purpose. Since Small Donor Committees are allowed to give significantly more money to a candidate, these contributions tend to go toward larger checks, typically $1000 or more, that are distributed to our “Legislative Champions” or other elected officials who we’ve worked with closely and who have shown a strong commitment to supporting us.
Does this impact the $5 dues allocation that the Colorado Board approved in 2016?
You may recall that in Early 2016, the AIA Colorado Board of Directors approved, at the recommendation of the Government Affairs Committee, setting aside $5 from each architect-member’s dues in order to fund ARCsdc. As a result of this effort, ARCsdc received nearly $7500, and has contributed over $1000 to our Legislative Champions. This $5 allocation does count against your $50 contribution limit. However, you may still contribute up $45 to ARCsdc per calendar year.
How are candidates selected for a contribution?
The Executive Committee of ARCpac and the Executive Committee of ARCsdc, respectively, determine which candidates will receive contributions and at what amount.
Individual contributors may not earmark their contribution for one specific candidate.
Where can I see which Candidates have received ARCpac or ARCsdc contribution?
Anyone, at any time, can see all of the contributions made by ARCpac, ARCsdc, or any other Political Committee or Small Donor Committee by visiting the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at the following address:
I want to be help choose which candidates will receive contributions. How can I get involved?
As noted above, the Executive Committee of ARCpac and the Executive Committee of ARCsdc determine which candidates will receive contributions. This group typically meets shortly after the Government Affairs meeting on the first Friday of each month, and members who are active in GAC are often also involved in these conversations. For more information, contact Michael Winn, AIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.228-3914.
I have other questions
AIA Colorado staff would be happy to answer any other questions you might have about campaign finance issues, ARCpac or ARCsdc. Contact Government Affairs Coordinator Michael Winn, AIA at email@example.com or 303.228-3914 for more information
- Provides opportunities to create many relationships with Colorado legislators.
- Accepts contributions from companies and individuals.
- Contributes to candidates for state offices who support our issues.
Donations are NOT tax deductible
- Provides opportunities to create deep relationships with Colorado legislators.
- Accepts contributions from individuals only.
- Support candidates for state office who are consistent champions of our issues.
Donations are NOT tax deductible