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Major Political Advocacy Wins

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March of 2020, ACEC Georgia was laser focused on what we could do for the engineering industry, whether or not they were members of ACEC Georgia. Some of our initiatives included the following:

  • When local governments began shutting down their offices in March 2020, we worked with the Governor to:
    • Eliminate the time clock before an owner could use a private provider to provide plan review and inspection Executive Order
    • Secured an Executive Order that allowed private providers to conduct plan review and inspections of hospitals, ambulatory health care centers, nursing homes, jails, penal institutions, airports, buildings that impact national or state homeland security and high rises, structures which were previously exempted from the private sector.  The successful execution of the program during lockdown led to the permanent implementation Executive Order 3.30.20 with SB 377. Private plan review and inspection is now permitted for all structures
    • Ensure that A/E/C workers were considered essential workers, and not subject to county lock-down orders, so that projects could continue on schedule Executive Order 4.2.20
  • Successfully advocated for the passage of the Structural Engineer Licensure bill, SB 310 during the pandemic