A.8293A /S.6622A yesterday passed the Assembly, giving it two-house passage. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, protects design professionals from broad form indemnity demands in public works contracts on both the state and local levels. These indemnity provisions shift responsibility for damages from the government or third parties (who were at fault) to PEs and other design professionals. In short, when something goes wrong on a project, though no fault of the design professional, the law should not permit contract terms to shift responsibility to the design professional or the professional design firm. This is precisely what this legislation prohibits.
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We extend a huge thank you to our members who have reached out to their legislators on this priority issue. We would further like to thank other design professional organizations which have joined in the effort. Governor Cuomo’s approval of this measure, now the focus of our attention, is the next step needed to put this law in place.
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