Government Affairs Update | November 2020

Share your professional priorities to help create a blueprint for a better future

In order to continue advocating for our members, we need to hear from you! Your opinions and ideas help AIA Pennsylvania advocate for common-sense policies on key issues that promote the value of design, combat climate change, design equitable communities, position firms for success, and ultimately put architects to work.

Please take the time to fill out the 2021-2022 legislative survey by Friday, December 11th to help further shape the legislative agenda for the organization that represents you in Harrisburg. Your responses will help us make the case to state legislators that architects bring design thinking to the table to affect positive and equitable social, environmental, and economic outcomes.

The profession and the commonwealth’s communities need your insights to effectively recover and rebuild. Your feedback will dictate our legislative priorities for the 2021-2022 legislative session and supplement AIA Pennsylvania’s strategic plan framework, as outlined in this chart.

This survey can be taken at your own leisure, however, AIA Pennsylvania will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:00 PM that will explain each legislative issue covered in the survey and give you an opportunity to ask questions along the way. If you would like to participate in the webinar please register here.

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The election results are in…

Get to know your incoming state senator and representative for the 2021-2022 legislative session! Review the results of the house and senate races.

Meet the newly elected Pennsylvania House and Senate leadership for the 2021-2022 Session! AIA Pennsylvania looks forward to working with the House and Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle.


Speaker-designee: Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)
Majority Leader: Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre)
Majority Appropriations Chairman: Representative Stan Saylor (R-York)
Majority Whip: Representative Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion)
Majority Caucus Chair: Representative George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland)
Majority Caucus Secretary: Representative Martina White (R-Philadelphia)
Majority Caucus Administrator: Representative Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland)
Majority Policy Chair: Representative Martin Causer (R-McKean)


Minority Leader: Representative Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia)
Minority Appropriations Chairman: Representative Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery)
Minority Whip: Representative Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia)
Minority Caucus Chair: Representative Dan Miller (D-Allegheny)
Minority Caucus Secretary: Representative Tina Davis (D-Bucks)
Minority Caucus Administrator: Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh)
Minority Policy Chairman: Representative Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie)


President Pro Tempore Nominee: Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre)
Majority Leader: Senator Kim Ward, (R-Westmoreland)
Majority Appropriations Chair: Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)
Majority Whip: Senator John Gordner, (R-Columbia)
Majority Caucus Chairman: Senator Bob Mensch, (R-Montgomery)
Majority Caucus Secretary: Senator Ryan Aument, (R-Lancaster)


Minority Leader: Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Minority Appropriations Chairman: Senator Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia)
Minority Whip: Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia)
Minority Caucus Chair: Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny)
Minority Caucus Secretary: Senator Maria Collett (D-Montgomery)
Minority Policy Committee: Senator Katie Muth (D-Montgomery)
Administrator: To be appointed by the Leader

Governor Wolf signs budget bills finalizing the 2020-2021 fiscal year

On Monday, November 23, 2020, Governor Wolf signed into law two bills and finalized the budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The budget continues and sustains the services provided by the state as we enter yet another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New mitigation efforts to help stop the spread of COVID 19

On Monday, November 23, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced updated mitigation orders to help control and limit the spread of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth. 

Specifically, under Section 14 of the order issued on Monday, the Wolf administration will also provide liability protections for businesses enforcing the state’s newly strengthened mask-wearing mandate.

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Government awards honor citizen architects

The 2020 Government Award nominees were put forward to the AIA Pennsylvania Board by the AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Committee chaired by Scott Compton, AIA, and Co-Chair, Adam Trott, AIA.

Join us in celebrating the following 18 citizen architects representing the profession as appointees of the Governor to various state boards, committees, and councils. They were honored during the 2020 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards broadcast debut on Thursday, November 19th.

Serving on the Accessibility Advisory Board, Richard Castner.

Frank Dittenhafer II, FAIA, appointee to the Capital Preservation Committee, responsible for restoring and preserving the art, architecture and history of the Pennsylvania State Capitol and Capitol Complex.

A. Stevens (Steve), Krug, Chair, and Marc Mondor, Vice Chair, lead the Climate Change Advisory Committee. Among the charges and accomplishments of the Climate Change Advisory Committee was the 2018 Climate Action Plan. Four workgroups focused on infrastructure, public health and safety, natural resources, and tourism and outdoor recreation.

Randy Galiotto Jr and Matthew Luttrell are two of five members of the Department of General Services Selections Committee for Professional Selections tasked with evaluating and recommending a short-list of qualified design firms for consideration on each public works project.

John Hill recently completed his term as President of the State Architects Licensure Board passing the torch to Phillip Leinbach. William Bates, FAIA and Aram Piligian Jr were recently appointed and join board veterans Mary McClenaghan (Mick-len-A-han) and Jerry Roller, board secretary. The Licensure Board is responsible for regulating the practice of architecture for the protection of the health, safety, welfare of the Commonwealth’s residents, and the betterment of the profession.

Esten Rusten serves on the PA Sewage Advisory Committee.

Charles Coltharp and Joseph Lavalle are honored for their service on the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council or the RAC . The Council is charged with making recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly and Labor & Industry regarding proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act. The Council’s main charge is reviewing the triennial International Code Council building code updates as they did most recently with the review and adoption of the 2015 codes back in 2018 under the leadership of chair, Maureen Guttman. Congratulations to Michael Thompson, a recent appointee to the RAC (rack).

In 2018, AIA Pennsylvania amended language into a bill, now law, that created the School Safety and Security Committee, and mandates the appointment of a member architect recommended by AIA Pennsylvania. Michael Kelly was appointed by the Governor and continues to serve on the committee.

Congratulations, appointed citizen architects!