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2013 House Bill 4378: Repeal interior designer registration

Public Act 193 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R) on March 6, 2013, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies. To be included on the registry a designer must have passed a test created by a national organization of incumbent interior designers. This organization has sought repeatedly in this state to impose a full licensure and regulatory regime on interior designers, with several bills introduced in previous legislatures.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on March 6, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 19, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 20, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that strips out a provision removing language from the current statute which "allows" interior designers provide design services (explicit government permission is generally not required to practice a non-licensed occupation in this country). The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2013.
  2. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on March 21, 2013, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies. To be included on the registry a designer must have passed a test created by a national organization of incumbent interior designers. This organization has sought repeatedly in this state to impose a full licensure and regulatory regime on interior designers, with several bills introduced in previous legislatures.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on April 9, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on April 9, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 13, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 27, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 27, 2014.
  4. Passed 27 to 10 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 2, 2014, the vote by which the bill was passed. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 2, 2014.
  6. Received in the Senate on June 2, 2014.
  7. Passed 29 to 9 in the Senate on June 2, 2014, to repeal a law that establishes a government interior designer registry and makes it available to state or local government agencies. To be included on the registry a designer must have passed a test created by a national organization of incumbent interior designers. This organization has sought repeatedly in this state to impose a full licensure and regulatory regime on interior designers, with several bills introduced in previous legislatures.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the House on June 3, 2014.
  9. Passed 102 to 6 in the House on June 5, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2014.

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