Fellow interior designers and supporters of the profession,
IIDA and ASID’s Florida chapters as well as IDAF have great news to share with all of you. Representative Halsey Beshears, the prime sponsor of HB 7047 that would have caused great harm to the interior design profession, has informed our lobbyists that he will be removing interior designers from the bill. The bill will no longer repeal interior design licensure or mandate that a person become an architect in order to practice interior design.
Please know this victory would not have been possible without you and the supporters of the profession. To everyone who responded to our calls to action and signed the petition or emailed their state legislators, understand that we have confirmed this was a large part of why Beshears is removing interior designers from the bill. Your collective action was the difference maker. Over 4300 people took action to email the legislature in support of interior designers! This rapid response from interior designers that live, work, and design in Florida helps show the impact we have to protect and advance the profession through legislation. Thank you all!
To that end, our efforts are not done. Florida’s interior designers will need your support again to defend and advance the profession - maybe even during the remainder of this legislative session. Our lobbying team is keeping watch to ensure interior designers do not appear back in HB 7047 as it continues to make its way through the House and then on to the Senate.
Therefore, please make sure you are signed up for instant alerts by texting "InteriorDesignerFL" to the number 52886 or click here http://p2a.co/ILbboD8. Once again, thank you for standing with the profession and we look forward to being in touch with you again.
Marilee McGinn, President of ASID Florida North
Jeff Hart, President, ASID Florida West Coast
Douglas Feldman, President, ASID Florida South
Lisa Marston, President, IIDA North Florida
Christina Graham, President, IIDA Florida Central
Lilia Gonzalez, President, IIDA Florida South
Cynthia David, IDAF