Another smack-down handed to the interior design cartel.
This morning, SB 1521 was heard by the Senate General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee. We had a substantially larger turnout than the proponents – wasn’t it great that we had so many sign up to testify that time ran out before everyone got a chance? The Committee certainly took notice, which is the reason they rushed through at the end.
The Committee said the bill “needed further study,” a.k.a. “you’re goin’ on a trip to the legislation graveyard.” SB 1521 will not be moving out of Committee this session. While anything (and I do mean anything) can happen in the legislature, the deadline to come out of Committee is tomorrow and it’s not on the agenda. Furthermore, the fiscal impact report has been put on hold — another indication that the bill is dead in the water.
Among those testifying in opposition to this anti-competitive, anti-small business bill:
Me (Patti Morrow) – Interior Design Protection Consulting
Ed Nagorsky – NKBA
Cindy Roberts – AIA
Dan Curtis – FEDA
John Cornyn - FCSI
Diane Plesset – DP Design
I will continue to monitor this session. The pro-regulation cartel seldom give up, so as implausible as that may seem right at this moment, it’s possible we may see an amended bill next year, but for this session, Oregonians can celebrate victory.