In case you missed the latest update, it is with great satisfaction that we inform you that House Bill 27, which would completely eliminate the Florida interior design license, the stamp, the interior design portion of the Florida Board of Architecture & Interior Design, the "Registered Interior Design" title, and inclusion of interior designers in the definition of "design professional" in statute, is dead.
The American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, and unaffiliated designers worked closely together over the last nine months in preparation for this effort and, especially, since the Bill's introduction in early March to achieve this outcome. The profession diligently strategized, met with legislators, crafted support materials, testified at hearings, drafted compromise language and suggested legislative changes, and ultimately made the case that commercial interior design is worthy of a government license to protect the public in interior public spaces.
This also means that Senate Bill 1640, which the profession worked successfully to favorably amend, is also dead. As a profession always open to reasonable compromise and collaboration, we worked with several Senators, most notably Senator Joe Gruters (R - Sarasota), Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples), Senator Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens), and bill sponsor Senator Ben Albritton (R – Bartow) to amend the bill to a version that would eliminate extraneous regulation (the Certificate of Authorization and four CEU hours), while still maintaining the safety of the public through the Florida license. After these changes were made on April 8, the profession supported Senate Bill 1640.
This was a true team effort that saw both ASID and IIDA work in close partnership with each other and with unaffiliated designers to achieve a fair outcome for Florida interior designers and the public. Specifically, ASID and IIDA would like to thank:
- The Florida ASID and IIDA Chapters that invested time, money, and effort into seeing that the profession and public were protected;
- The Florida legislators who, both publicly and privately, advanced and defended the cause of interior design at hearings and behind the scenes;
- The ASID & IIDA Government Affairs Staff of Bryan Soukup (ASID vice president, Government & Public Affairs), Emily Kelly (IIDA director of Advocacy, Public Policy, & Legislative Affairs), and Abby Rathbun (IIDA Advocacy and Public Policy manager) and the board of directors and leadership teams of both organizations who committed to seeing a successful resolution to this challenge;
- The Nortelus-Roberts Lobbying Firm of David Roberts and Eli Nortelus, their subcontracted partners, and other Florida consultants who passionately and expertly guided the profession's cause;
- And, most importantly, all the members, unaffiliated designers, and allies who wrote letters and emails, attended advocacy education sessions, called their legislators, travelled to Tallahassee, testified, and did so much more.
As always, ASID & IIDA will be diligently working during the legislative offseason to advance and defend the business and practice rights of interior designers before government. To stay updated on these efforts, please text "Interior Design" to 52886 to receive the profession's Florida advocacy alerts.
Thank you for your support, patience, and assistance during this difficult session.
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