Committee Hearing on Architecture Law Revisions

Yesterday, the Senate Labor Commerce Research & Development committee heard testimony in support of modernizing Washington architecture licensing laws. The bill is sponsored by Senators Ed Murray (D-43, Seattle), Mike Hewitt (R-16, Walla Walla) and Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Seattle). SB 6757 is the product of over three years of work by the AIA/WA and allied organization. It seeks to update the qualification standards for licensing, streamline corporate registration and clean up the exemptions sections.

The bill has the support of building officials, engineers and other groups. In addition, the AIA/WA has worked with contractor and building designer groups to address concerns they have raised. There was no opposition to the bill in committee.

The next step is for the Committee to pass the bill. There will be several technical and other amendments to the bill before it comes out of the committee.

To watch or listen to the hearing, visit www.tvw.org. Enter the bill number or committee name in the search engine.

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