During a February 17 hearing the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee received testimony from AIA Ohio Immediate Past President, Elizabeth Murphy, FAIA in support of HB 17 which would provide a volunteer architect, engineer, surveyor or contractor with qualified immunity from civil liability for any acts, errors, or omissions conducted in the performance of professional services that are requested by government officials, for a building, structure, piping, or other engineered system during a declared emergency and 90 days thereafter.

Following testimony the Committee unanimously recommended the bill for passage by the House of Representatives.