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. Â 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! Â During the bill hearing, IDC-Oregon, IIDA Oregon, interior designers, students, educators, architects and other industry vendors provided written and spoken testimony. Â 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 canâ€™t confirm the bill will pass, however, they are very optimistic!
Thank you to everyone involved, they couldnâ€™t have done this without all of you!