Your Voice for Fair Contracting in Arizona
Arizonans for Fair Contracting launched in the fall of 2016 to serve as the contracting community’s united voice in advocating for fair contracting practices. Arizonans for Fair Contracting is comprised of trade associations, contractors large and small, and Arizona residents who support bringing commonsense principles to construction law.
As a grassroots organization, Arizonans for Fair Contracting and its supporters work closely with lawmakers, like Senate President Karen Fann, to identify the solutions necessary to improve state law for everyone involved in the construction process.
Our aim is to keep our supporters informed and engaged as legislation impacting the construction industry advances through the legislative process.
Arizonans for Fair Contracting will provide you with the means to get involved in the legislative process and ensure that Arizona contractors have a united voice at the Arizona Legislature.
SB 1271 & Proportional Liability
Until recently, Arizona law allowed for liability to be shared by all contractors working on a residential construction project. And when one trade made a mistake, all the contractors on the job could be held liable – regardless of fault.
This inherently unfair practice only added to the complexities associated with running a construction business in Arizona, unnecessarily increased costs, reduced safety on the job site, lead to frivolous lawsuits, and required contractors to purchase more liability insurance than is needed for a project.
In order to address unfair risk transfer laws and other issues impacting Arizona’s construction industry, Senate President Karen Fann sponsored legislation that established the Construction Liability Apportionments Study Committee, or the CLASC.
The CLASC held public hearings in the fall of 2018, and adopted formal recommendations aimed at improving Arizona’s construction industry. These recommendations were then shared with the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.
In the 2019 Legislative Session, President Fann introduced SB 1271, which included a number of the CLASC’s recommendations. President Fann successfully championed SB 1271 through the legislative process, and Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on April 10, 2019.