Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

Key Issues In the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, we expect challenges relating to: Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Local school design The Public-Private Partnership (P3) bill which was passed last session and will be amended during this session The overarching issue, however, is to create an awareness among legislators that good architectural design positively impacts state resources (water, energy, revenue/expenses), as well as the health, safety, and welfare (HSW) of all Texans. Help us make a difference! Why Participate? In a few days, the Texas Legislature will convene for its biannual session, during which it will write new laws and amend…

Advocacy Update: SAC Meeting Report

Happy 2013…and best wishes for a prosperous, successful year! This is the first of two reports regarding the latest news from the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). At its last meeting of the year, which took place on December 19, the 12-member panel took final action on staff recommendations for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) and considered staff proposals for the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). The Society took exception with only one TBAE-related item: the length of time until the next SAC review. Staff had recommended that it be done in six years, just prior to the 2019 legislative…