Licensing Bill Gets to the Governor's Desk

After a nearly unanimous, concurrence vote in the Senate (42-5), the architects licensing bill, SB 5529, has been sent to the Governor. It is now very likely that the bill will become law. The last day of the 2010 Legislative Session is March 11. After the final day of session the Governor has twenty days to sign, veto or partially veto the legislation that has been delivered to her.

Given that it has been 25 years since changes have been made to WA architectural licensing laws, the passage of this bill is a great achievement for state architects! The new law will stop illegal plan stamping, modernize licensing standards that have significantly changed, simplify corporate registration and more.

For more information on this important legislation you can read the AIA/WA issue brief here, check out the AIA/WA blog coverage of this bill, or contact Stan Bowman, AIA/WA Executive Director, at 360.943.6012.

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