The IIDA Oregon Chapter is pleased to update our members on the progress IDC-Oregon has made this legislative season. What an amazing year 2016 was for Interior Design in Oregon, and even better start to 2017!
IDC-Oregon introduced HB 2153 this legislative session in the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade. The bill would create a voluntary Commercial Interior Design Registry in the State of Oregon and has strong legislative support. Below are further details regarding the bill progress.
On February 8th 2017, a bill hearing was held for HB 2153 and IDC-Oregon had a great turnout with positive results! During the bill hearing, IDC-Oregon, IIDA Oregon, interior designers, students, educators, architects and other industry vendors provided written and spoken testimony. Thanks to all the careful planning and grassroots efforts completed in 2016, there was little opposition and the committee established a legislative work group to identify potential amendments that find some consensus to move the bill into the House Joint Ways and Means committee.
Following the bill hearing, IDC-Oregon and other stakeholders participated in three work group meetings to create amendments including a clear definition for interior design and applicable scope as well as requirements around education, experience, and examination among a few other particular pieces of the bill. A final work group meeting is scheduled this week to confirm the proposed amendments that will be included in a revised bill. We anticipate the amended bill to move to the House Joint Ways and Means committee by mid-March.
This is fantastic progress just one week into the 2017 legislative session and while IDC-Oregon can’t confirm the bill will pass, however, they are very optimistic!
Thank you to everyone involved, they couldn’t have done this without all of you!