ACEC-SC is the only organization in the built environment advocating for the business of engineering. We are advocating for our members at state agencies, the Board of Registration, the SC General Assembly, and the Executive Branch. We promote licensure, the use of sound engineering practices, and fair procurement methods. The Council strives to be the thought leader on infrastructure and the built environment. Click here to see the legislation we are tracking for our members in the 125th General Assembly.
Designer Fair Contracting Act:
ACEC-SC is working on passing legislation that protects its members when signing professional service contracts.
Broad Form Indemnification:
Many times, our firms are forced to sign contracts with unreasonable indemnification clauses, which makes firms take financial responsibility for any of their actions, whether negligent or not. These clauses can require engineers to pay damages caused by other parties. ACEC-SC is pushing legislation to fix Broad Form Indemnification. Click here to learn more about Broad Form Indemnification, or watch the video below:
Many times Broad Form Indemnification clauses also have a duty to defend clause. This causes our firms to pay the legal expenses of a client even if the engineer didn’t do anything wrong. Click here to learn more about Duty To Defend, or simply watch the video below.
The Justice Act
ACEC-SC is in favor of the Justice Act, S. 533 & H.3933. Current South Carolina law can leave a defendant on the hook for all damages in a lawsuit regardless of their percentage of fault. This system adversely impacts businesses - including small businesses that cannot survive a hefty lawsuit - leading to increased premiums, reduced availability of insurance coverage, and a target on entities that are perceived as having “deep pockets.”
Click here to learn more about the Justice Act.
ACEC-SC’s advocacy efforts are supported by the ACEC-SC Political Action Committee (PAC). PACs are the currency of conversation. The ACEC-SC PAC helps open doors to meet with our elected officials. The ACEC-SC PAC Trustees evaluate every legislator we contribute too. We look at their voting records, committee assignments, and dedication to the business community and infrastructure. Click here to donate today.
ACEC National is advocating for our firms in DC as well. ACEC’s Government Relations team is advocating our members' behalf with Federal Agencies, Congress, and the Executive Branch.
Click here to learn more about their legislative efforts.