It’s time for some good news and our work in advocacy provides just that!
I’m pleased to present that the Governor signed our two major bills that passed the General Assembly.
The first is Senate Bill 658 (SB 658), which makes the “duty to defend” language in indemnification clauses against public policy. This requirement is often not insurable. The legislation was carried by Sen. Scott Surovell (D – Mount Vernon).
The second is House Bill 1300 (HB 1300) and its companion Senate Bill 607 (SB 607)both provide for a 15-year statute of limitation for design and construction projects performed for the Commonwealth of Virginia, including public institutes of higher education. HB 1300 was carried by Del. Chris Hurst (D – Blacksburg) and Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment (R – Williamsburg) served as the patron of SB 607. Prior to now, a design professional was liable for his/her work for eternity on these projects.
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