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2013 House Bill 4378: Repeal interior designer registration
  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. The bill was amended to leave in place a peculiar provision "allowing" interior designers to provide design services (explicit government permission is generally not required to practice a non-licensed occupation in this country).
    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.

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