SB 520 was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly 2013 Session and was dubbed the Eraser Bill geared towards eliminating and streamlining professional licensing in Indiana. The Interior Design Registry was included in this bill, among a variety of other occupational categories, but the bill never became law. Following this, local professional design organizations and local law officials worked together to better understand the state’s role in the Registry. As a result, HEA 1303 was introduced and passed using the Interior Design Registry as a model for the pilot program of HEA 1303.
THE BACK STORY
HEA 1573: Effective July 1, 2009 - Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1573 allowing interior designers to voluntarily register with the State of Indiana through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA). As described above, this allows Registered Interior Designers to set themselves apart and allows consumers and employers a way to vet candidates in this field. This legal recognition brings consistent standards and ensures excellence in the Interior Design industry. To view the bill, click here.
Title 25: IC 25-20.7-1 to 7-5 is Indiana’s current Code for Interior Designers.
HEA 1303: State registration of privately certified individuals. Establishes a pilot project under which individuals who practice a certain occupation that is not a regulated profession under Indiana law can become "state registered" and be listed as practitioners of their occupation on the electronic registry of professions. This bill and pilot program expires on April 1, 2018. For more information, click here.
HEA 1272: Allows an individual who holds a professional or occupational license and is called to active duty to fulfill all continuing education requirements through distance learning. For more information, click here.
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