Capitol Connections – Delivering Results

Architects from all areas of Washington came spent the day at the Capitol Building in Olympia educating lawmakers about the impact of legislation on the practice of architecture. Architects top priorities included: passing a certificate of merit (SB 5833) , passing a Constitutional amendment for simple majority on school levies (HJR 4204/SJR 8207), stopping a bill to radically alter vesting rights under codes and regulations (HB 1463/SB 5507) and creating a better vision for Seattle’s waterfront by permanently removing the elevated viaduct on Alaska Way. For more information on these issues visit www.aiawa.org and view the issue briefs.

Capping off a successful day of legislators meetings, architects had a private briefing by Governor Chris Gregoire. Governor Gregoire discussed her proposals for improving the business climate in Washington State. After being asked her position on the anti-vesting bill, she stated her opposition to the bill and pledged to work to defeat the bill if it gains further momentum in the legislature.

To view the status of all of the bills that the AIA/WA is tracking this legislative session, visit our website at www.aiawa.org and select “Legislative Tracker 2007.”