New Law Expands Interior Design Practice Rights in Massachusetts: ASID plays pivotal role in ending unfair labor restrictions for interior designers

Published year: 
2014

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 21, 2014) | Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has signed into law the Interior Design Bidding Bill H. 4303, which establishes the right of designers to bid as the prime contractor on state contracts and recognizes the profession of interior design within the state of Massachusetts. The new law also establishes a defined scope of work for designers, opening up opportunities for qualified design professionals to compete for design work in code-impacted spaces. The new law takes effect 90 days from today.

“This is a monumental victory not only for members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), but also for the profession as a whole,” said ASID Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Don Davis. “This law allows designers to expand their businesses, utilize their skills to make a lasting impact on state-initiated design and construction projects, and to benefit the state’s economy.”

ASID and its members played a pivotal role in advocating for this legislation, which removes unfair restrictions that had prevented Massachusetts interior designers from competing for code-impacted design work in the state.

ASID and its members applaud Gov. Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature for their support on this issue. For more information on ASID Government and Public Affairs efforts, please contact gpa@asid.org.

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About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal.