LEGISLATIVE DAY 2014 was held on March 5, 2014 in Lansing.
Thank you to the 2014 Legislative Day Sponsors!
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber
Fleis & Vandenbrink
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Prein & Newhof
Click here to read Cathy Mosley, AIAMI Executive Director's report on the event in the Monday Minutes.
Click here to read the letter from the AIA Michigan Board and Government Affairs Committee to the AIA Michigan Membership.
Click here to read the AESLC list of topics for this year.
ABOUT LEGISLATIVE DAY
One of our major annual events to get our message to the legislature is Legislative Day which is typically held in the spring. All members of AIA MI are welcomed and encouraged to attend and visit their legislator to promote the practice of architecture.
A long-term approach to government affairs requires (among other things) relationship building, visibility, awareness and vigilance. The political environment is constantly evolving, so displaying a consistent presence by AIA is vital. Our professional lobbyist provides an important measure of stability but Legislators must be convinced that AIA represents a significant, active constituency that is engaged in the public forum and will continue to be so engaged. Our Legislative Day events serve to establish AIA as an active participate in Michigan government affairs. There is no substitute for face-to-face exposure with Legislators by the membership, and no more effective manner of exposure than to appear en masse, along with our engineering allies for added weight.
Therefore, Legislative Day continues to be the signature event for the GAC. At the event(s), members convene to be educated in the current issues, meet with Michigan’s Representatives and Senators and express the profession’s interests and concerns. Over the last 3 years, there have been two Legislative Days, one in Lansing and one organized in the Upper Peninsula. Our committee cannot function effectively without significant attendance at this event. The more participants we have, the louder the voice of AIA Michigan will be. A poor turnout can potentially damage our interests. All AIA Michigan members are strongly encouraged to participate. As a dividend to the members, this event is fun. Due to budget restraints, some “fun” AIA events have been the subject of cut backs this year. Food and fun are always part of the Legislative Day events, and most new participants find themselves pleasantly surprised how enjoyable and fulfilling it can be to speak directly with their elected officials, and to contribute to the development of public policy. Any member can partake effectively. Attendees are provided with information, instruction, and partners for visiting with the legislators. Members meet with their Legislators throughout the morning and afternoon, and entertain Legislators during the lunch hour at the buffet lunch hosted by AIA/ ACEC/MSPE/MSPS.