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ACEC California Compared to Other Associations

ACEC California is more a trade association than a professional society in that it represents member firms, not individual professionals per se. Accordingly, unlike other associations, a primary ACEC function is legislative advocacy. With a combination of both in house staff and outside consultants, ACEC California staffs 3 legislative advocates who provide representation for the business interests of the industry. Via specific legislative committees, the association reviews thousands of legislative bills put forth every year and determines a position on these based on the views of our voting members. Additionally, ACEC sponsors legislation annually both nationally and at the state level. ACEC California was the force behind the passage of Proposition 35 and has also been the lead group to sponsor indemnification reform for design professionals (AB 573 and SB 972) in recent years among other successes. On the other side, ACEC has also been a force that defends the industry against legislation that would prove disastrous not only to the industry, but to efforts to help maintain a safer and more efficient California infrastructure. Traditional issues the association routinely deals with include but are not limited to: compliance with Qualifications Based Selection (QBS), promoting Public Private Partnerships (P3s), preserving the engineering license, working to eliminate or reduce unnecessary and/or ineffective regulations, and fight so that that indemnification requirements to industry firms from public agencies are fair and equitable.


In the legal arena, ACEC is routinely called upon to defend Proposition 35 in the court system. The association will also intervene legally when deemed necessary on other issues, such as when P3s are under attack. At the local level, there are 22 chapters within California. These chapters generally meet monthly and the programs are geared towards business issues of the industry. They usually will feature local legislators, local municipal officers, or other firms to discuss a potential project with timelines, details and partnership opportunities. Many of the local chapters also have strong liaison functions with local public agencies and officials. 



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