Advocate by Design Report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is committed to advocating on behalf of the interior design profession at both the State and Federal level. 

RECENT NEWS

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is committed to advocating on behalf of the interior design profession at both the State and Federal levels. 

On average, our Government & Public Affairs Team is actively working in ten to twelve States on issues related to the profession. The primary job is to protect interior designers’ right to practice.

This report outlines recent initiatives, announcements, and accomplishments of the ASID Government & Public Affairs Department. If you would like more information on recent advocacy activity, please contact ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup, at bsoukup@asid.org.

 

July 2019

Advocacy Action Alert: ASID GPA Achieves Several Victories in 2018-19 Legislative Season

ASID, with the support and partnership of IIDA and unaffiliated designers, had a very successful state legislative season. ASID assisted in passing a procurement rights bills in Utah and Texas, expanded practice rights in Georgia, defeated a sales tax on interior design services in Rhode Island, and defeated efforts to deregulate interior design in Iowa and Florida. These victories would not be possible without member-advocates supporting our work.

ASID Successfully Amends the 116th Congressional Priorities of the High Performance Building Coalition

ASID successfully amended the Congressional policy priorities of the High Performance Building Coalition, which supports the Congressional High Performance Building Caucus to include:
“Promote Inclusive/Universal Design through Federal Legislation & Regulation. Approximately 70 percent of fatalities during Hurricane Katrina were people with access and functional needs, and an estimated 70 percent of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in 2017 were people age 70 or older. The Coalition supports government promotion of universal design and, especially during the recovery and mitigation phases of disaster response.”

ASID & IIDA Meet to Plan 2020 Government Affairs Strategy

Staff from ASID and IIDA Government Affairs met to share resources, strategy, and best practices, and to plot a unified state advocacy agenda for the 2020 legislative year.

ASID Launches the Advocate by Design (AxD) Fund

Government affairs successes take an abundance of time and funding to establish. ASID GPA is currently underfunded by industry standards and requires supplemental funding. ASID has been fighting for practice rights for almost 50 years and now is the time to double down on creating better public policy that will benefit the nation, consumers, industry partners, firms, and members.

ASID has established the Advocate by Design (AxD) Fund, a political education fund (PEF) that helps educate the public and policymakers on the impact of interior design work and the policy issues important to the interior design profession. It is not a PAC and no money will be directed to any individual candidate for office. The AxD Fund enhances the work of ASID GPA and enables ASID to be consistently represented in national, state, and local policy debates, discussions, and decision-making. With your support, we can elevate the interior design profession to new heights on the government and public policy stages. Donate today.

ASID Hosts the First Annual Evening of Thought Leadership & Public Policy

On July 19, 2019, members from across the nation joined CEO Randy Fiser, chair of the ASID National Board of Directors, BJ Miller, incoming chair Jennifer Kolstad, and Bryan Soukup for the First Annual Evening of Thought Leadership & Public Policy. The event brought together voices from all facets of interior design to discuss and debate views on policy affecting the interior design profession and industry and share advocacy best practices. Proceeds from the dinner event benefited the AxD Fund. Stay tuned and join us next year to make sure your voice is heard!

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

ASID knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates for defending and advancing the interior design profession and promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation. Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face. Submit Your GPA Rep Info.

 

Follow ASID Government Affairs & Advocacy on Twitter for timely updates: @ASID_Advocacy .

May 2019

FL Advocacy Alert! Deregulation Update

ASID GPA is pleased to inform you that House Bill 27, which would completely eliminate the Florida interior design license, 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.

ASID, IIDA 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.

NC Advocacy Alert! Support Needed for HB 858, the Interior Design Profession Act

In our effort to bring legal recognition, voluntary business rights, and voluntary practice rights to the interior design profession in North Carolina, ASID Carolinas and IIDA Carolinas have been working closely to draft a reasonable piece of legislation for introduction. We are proud to announce the filing of House Bill 858, the Interior Design Profession Act, which will secure long overdue voluntary practice and business rights for interior designers. To support our efforts, text “Interior Design” to 52886. Any questions can be directed to Emily Kelly, director of Advocacy for IIDA HQ, or Bryan Soukup, vice president for Government Affairs at ASID HQ.

RI Advocacy Action Alert! Support Needed for Rhode Island Interior Designers to Defeat a Proposed Tax on Services!

The ASID New England Chapter and IIDA New England Chapter were recently made aware of a proposed sales tax on interior design services in the Rhode Island FY2020 budget and need your help to educate legislators in Providence on why this will place an unnecessary burden on small business owners in the state.

Click https://p2a.co/QdGHdja to learn how this proposal impacts you and your industry and sign up to receive updates on how you can participate moving forward. Any questions can be directed to Emily Kelly or Bryan Soukup.

CT Advocacy Alert! Support Needed for Connecticut Interior Designers to Defeat a Proposed Tax on Services!

The ASID Connecticut and IIDA New England Chapter were recently made aware of a proposed sales tax on interior design services in the Connecticut FY2020 budget and need your help to educate legislators in Hartford on why this will place an unnecessary burden on small business owners in the state.

Click https://p2a.co/zpCClWX to learn how this proposal impacts you and your industry and sign up to receive updates on how you can participate moving forward. Any questions can be directed to Emily Kelly or Bryan Soukup.

Utah Advocacy Alert! Profession Gains Procurement Rights in Utah

ASID & IIDA recently passed a bill to gain additional practice rights for interior designers in Utah. The new law identifies interior designers as “design professionals” (a legal term of art important to practice) with the state and clarifies interior designers’ ability to bid on government contracts per government procurement laws.

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

ASID knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates for defending and advancing the interior design profession and promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation. Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face. Submit Your GPA Rep Info.

ASID Joins the BuildStrong Coalition

In January 2019, ASID joined the D.C.-based BuildStrong Coalition, a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, consumer organizations, code specialists, and many others committed to building a more resilient America.

April 2019

Florida Senate Deregulation Bill Favorably Amended

On April 9, ASID and IIDA were successful in amending the Senate Deregulation bill – SB 1640 - to remove the language that deregulated licensed interior designers in Florida. The bill was then approved unanimously by the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee by a 5-0 vote. Our amendment, which was sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), and was supported by bill sponsor Sen. Albritton, consists of the following:

  • Removes the language deregulating licensed interior designers;
  • Adds licensed interior designers back to the current professional licensing and regulatory Board;
  • Reduces continued education hours for licensed interior designers (from 20 to 16) with specific requirements that stipulate that the focus of the CEUs be on public safety, the applicability of federal and state laws pertaining to accessibility standards, like the American with Disabilities Act, and other health, safety, and welfare for building occupants; and
  • Adds licensed interior designers back to language that eliminates the separate business license (Certificate of Authorization) for architects, so that architects and licensed interior designers will both benefit from the $100 fee reduction.

ASID and IIDA practitioners as well as ASID vice president of Government & Public Affairs Bryan Soukup were present at the hearing and publicly supported the amendment in committee, as well as SB 1640 after it was amended, and thanked both Sens. Albritton and Gruters for their assistance and support.

Though this is a positive step, the process is far from done. The House Bill (HB 27) remains unamended for interior designers and our efforts are now concentrated on protecting the amended bill language in SB 1640 and preventing any efforts to add deregulation of licensed interior designers back into the bill at its next committee stop, which is the Senate Appropriations Committee. We need members to stay vigilant and continue to monitor communications from ASID HQ and their chapter as the process continues.

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

ASID knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates for defending and advancing the interior design profession and promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation. Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face. Submit Your GPA Rep Info.

ASID Joins the BuildStrong Coalition

In January 2019, ASID joined the D.C.-based BuildStrong Coalition, a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, consumer organizations, code specialists, and many others committed to building a more resilient America.

March 2019

FLORIDA Advocacy Alert! Stop Interior Design Deregulation

SB 1640 and HB 27 seek to deregulate the interior design profession in Florida. Text ASID to 52886 to receive updates on this legislation and use our Phone2Action System to send your legislators an email to VOTE NO on these two bills: https://p2a.co/EesBOzz. Any questions can be directed to Bryan Soukup, vice president, Government & Public Affairs, ASID at bsoukup@asid.org.

RI Advocacy Action Alert! Support Needed for Rhode Island Interior Designers to Defeat a Proposed Tax on Services

The ASID New England Chapter and IIDA New England Chapter were recently made aware of a proposed sales tax on interior design services in the Rhode Island FY2020 budget and need your help to educate legislators in Providence on why this will place an unnecessary burden on small business owners in the state. Click https://p2a.co/QdGHdja to learn about how this proposal impacts you and your industry and to sign up to receive updates on how you can participate moving forward. Any questions can be directed to Bryan Soukup at bsoukup@asid.org.

CT Advocacy Alert! Support Needed for Connecticut Interior Designers to Defeat a Proposed Tax on Services!

The ASID Connecticut and IIDA New England Chapter were recently made aware of a proposed sales tax on interior design services in the Connecticut FY2020 budget and need your help to educate legislators in Hartford on why this will place an unnecessary burden on small business owners in the state. Click https://p2a.co/zpCClWX to learn about how this proposal impacts you and your industry and to sign up to receive updates on how you can participate moving forward. Any questions can be directed to Bryan Soukup at bsoukup@asid.org.

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

ASID knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates for defending and advancing the interior design profession and promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation. Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face. Submit Your GPA Rep Info.

ASID Joins the BuildStrong Coalition

In January 2019, ASID joined the D.C.-based BuildStrong Coalition, a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, consumer organizations, code specialists, and many others committed to building a more resilient America.

ASID Government & Public Affairs Visits Tallahassee to Support the Profession

In anticipation of legislation to deregulate the interior design profession in Florida, Bryan Soukup visited with government officials in Tallahassee, Florida during the week of February 11 to discuss the importance of interior design and the benefits of continued reasonable government oversight of the profession in Florida.

ASID Participates in Q1 NIBS Consultative Council Meeting

Bryan Soukup participated in this quarter’s meeting of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council Meeting. The Consultative Council assembles high-level building community representatives to make recommendations directly to the executive and legislative branches of government to improve our nation's buildings and infrastructure.

February 2019

Advocacy Action Alert! Support Needed for Rhode Island Interior Designers!

The ASID New England Chapter and IIDA New England Chapter are working together on advocacy issues in order to advance the profession of interior design. We were recently made aware of a proposed sales tax on interior design services in the Rhode Island FY2020 budget and need your help to educate legislators in Providence on why this tax will place an unnecessary burden on small business owners in the state. Click https://p2a.co/QdGHdja to learn about how this proposal impacts you and sign up to receive updates on how you can participate moving forward. Questions? Contact Emily Kelly, director of Advocacy, IIDA, or Bryan Soukup, vice president, Government Affairs, ASID.

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

ASID knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates for defending and advancing the interior design profession and promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation. Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face. Submit Your GPA Rep Info.

ASID Joins the BuildStrong Coalition

In January 2019, ASID joined the D.C.-based BuildStrong Coalition, a group of firefighters, emergency responders, insurers, engineers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, consumer organizations, code specialists, and many others committed to building a more resilient America.

ASID Represented at the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Innovation 2019

ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, and ASID vice president of Government Affairs Bryan Soukup represented ASID at several Building Innovation 2019 events including the CEO Summit on Resilience and the Consultative Council. ASID shared with stakeholders a variety of activities the Society is engaged in to advance resilience and other building science topics.

ASID Construction Codes & Standards January Meeting

The ASID Construction Codes & Standards Committee met in January 2019. During that meeting, the Committee set forth a strategic direction for engaging in codes and standards development in 2019 and other important topics. To communicate with the CCSC, email codes@asid.org.

January 2019

Defend and Advance Your Profession: Become an ASID Advocate

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) knows that our members and chapters are our most effective advocates from defending and advancing the interior design profession, to promoting policy initiatives important to all designers. But successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident. The Society believes that we should all “advocate by design” through diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation.

Text “ASID” to 52886 to learn more about advocating for your profession.

 

ASID Membership-wide Advocacy Training PDF Now Available

On November 15, 2018, David Lusk, founder of Key Advocacy, hosted a webinar exploring the best practices for public policy advocacy and for speaking before state and local officials on behalf of ASID and the interior design profession. Contact ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup, for associated materials.

 

NEW Grassroots Grants Application Released

The ASID Grassroots Grants application for FY 2019 has been released. Grassroots Grants are a great way to aid your chapter’s advocacy efforts. Please note that these grants are meant to complement, not replace, current chapter advocacy fundraising efforts and budgeting for advocacy-related events and materials. Applications are due to bsoukup@asid.org by January 18, 2019
Learn More and Apply .

 

Identify your Chapter’s GPA Representative TODAY!

Every chapter must designate one board-level officer (or identified non-board practitioner-member) to serve as their Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Representative as soon as possible. The GPA Rep. will work to ensure your chapter remains active, informed, and prepared for whatever advocacy challenges we may face.
Submit Your GPA Rep Info .

 

ASID Exploring Partnership Opportunities with the International Code Council (ICC)

ASID staff have been engaged in discussions with staff from ICC concerning areas for collaboration, shared-membership benefits, and new products and services. Stay tuned for updates on progress as these conversations continue.

 

First Ever Community Resilience Benchmark for Commercial Buildings Approved by the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) Board of Directors

ASID VP of Government and Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup, cast his Board of Directors vote in favor of finalizing the world’s first every resilience benchmark for commercial buildings. Soukup, the former ANCR Executive Director, has represented ASID as a Board Member since summer 2018. Community Resilience Benchmarks identify and illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of a community, its trajectory, and its ability to positively respond to and rapidly recover from disruptive events. Because communities are highly interconnected, a community’s ability to rapidly recover from a natural disaster depends as strongly on its social and economic attributes as on the resilience of its infrastructure. Thus, ANCR’s system encompass the Whole Community. ASID is a proud supporter of this effort.

 

ASID Construction Codes & Standards December Meeting

ASID’s Construction Codes & Standards Committee met for the second time in December 2018. During that meeting, the Committee established several subcommittees: Chapters & Student Outreach; CIDQ/CIDA/IDEC Outreach; Code Officials & Other Design Discipline Outreach; Design Standards; Historic Preservation; International Code Council; NFPA; and USGBC & Other Green Standards. The Committee will next meet in January 2019. To communicate with the CCSC, email codes@asid.org.

 

ASID & IIDA Staff Meet for 2019 Advocacy Strategic Planning Session

In December 2018, ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup and COO, Susan Wiggins met with IIDA Director of Advocacy, Legislative Affairs, and Public Policy, Emily Kelly and Deputy Director and Senior Vice President, John Czarnecki to discuss joint-legislative, regulatory, and advocacy planning for 2019. In recent years, ASID & IIDA have been working collaboratively to advance the legislative and regulatory practice rights of the interior design profession. At the state and local level, the two organizations have achieved several successes bringing new practice rights to states and improving existing laws concerning the interior design profession.

December 2018

ASID Represented at this Year’s FEMA Resilient Nation Partnership Network Forum

On November 29, 2018, ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs Bryan Soukup attended this year’s FEMA RNPN Event at the World Bank. This year’s RNPN Forum theme was “Resilient Together” and featured thought leaders from across resilience, disaster preparedness, mitigation, sustainability, and planning. ASID was particularly interested in discussions concerning underserved populations and accessibility.

 

ASID Government & Public Affairs Visits Tallahassee to Support the Profession

ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs Bryan Soukup visited with government officials in Tallahassee, Florida during the first week of December 2018 to discuss the importance of interior design and the benefits of continued reasonable government oversight of the profession in Florida. Soukup also met with interior design students at Florida State University to discuss ASID and the importance of advocacy for the future of the profession.

 

November 2018

ASID Lends Support to Federal Home Rental Energy Efficiency Bill

ASID submitted a letter of support to Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI 2nd District) concerning H.R. 6915, the Building Efficiently Act of 2018, which would increase federal requirements for energy efficiency in homes.

 

ASID Represented at the International Code Council’s 2018 Annual Conference

ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup, represented the Society at this year’s ICC Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia. Soukup discussed the Society’s interest with several ICC members, leaders, and staff, and attended the Government Relations Forum.

 

First ASID Construction Codes & Standards Committee Meeting Held

The Society’s reconstituted 12-person standing Construction Codes & Standards Committee met on November 14, 2018 to set forth the group’s goals for 2019 and vision for the future. The Committee’s 2019 chair is Tracey Fillmore, ASID, CAPS; vice chair is Linda Blair, ASID; and secretary is Janie Nabors, ASID, RID.

 

ASID Represented at the 2018 CIDQ Annual Meeting

ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs, Bryan Soukup, represented the Society at this year’s CIDQ Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Soukup presented on the 2019 legislative outlook for the interior design industry. ASID CEO Randy Fiser and BJ Miller, chair, ASID National Board of Directors, also attended and gave an update on the Society’s activities.

 

October 2018

ASID Member, Shelley Siegel, Selected to Serve on ANSI/ICC A.117.1 Committee

Longtime ASID member Shelley Siegel has officially been appointed to the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Committee. The ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities provides standards used for the specification and construction of accessible facilities. Siegel also serves on the U.S. Access Board.

 

ASID-Supported Disaster Response Legislation Signed by President

President Trump has signed H.R. 302 which includes a major set of reforms to address the rising costs of disasters and to help communities better prepare for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters. The reforms are, in part, a version of the "Disaster Recovery Reform Act.” The measure ensures that more post-disaster assistance goes to future mitigation and more resilient building. ASID has signed on to industry letters and has lobbied in support of this landmark legislation.

 

ICC Releases Statement on ASID’s Letter of Support for International Codes

ASID recently offered its support for the adoption of the most recent edition of the coordinated family of International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council with a letter of support from ASID CEO Randy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID. ICC responded with a statement recognizing Mr. Fiser’s letter and acknowledging the important relationship between ASID and ICC.

 

ASID Standing Construction Codes & Standards Committee Roster Finalized

ASID recently finalized the 12-person roster for its reconstituted Construction Codes & Standards Committee. This committee will give voice to all items related to construction codes and standards.

 

ASID Joins High-Performance Building Coalition

ASID has joined the High-Performance Building Coalition comprised of approximately 200 organizations that provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. We support legislation and policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes, and guidelines that address these concerns.

 

ASID Joins the Coalition for a Sustainable Built Environment

ASID has joined the Coalition for a Sustainable Built Environment, an alliance of building industry companies and professionals who work with government to advance policy change that fosters buildings that are safe, sustainable, and economically vibrant.

 

ASID attends FEMA Prep Talks Session

In its continuing effort to place the interior design profession in the center of the national discussion around resilience, ASID VP of Government & Public Affairs Bryan Soukup attended FEMA’s quarterly PrepTalk session in September. Of particular interest to ASID was Vance Taylor’s PrepTalk - “We Succeed or Fail Together”. Taylor is the head of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Office of Access and Functional Needs, and his PrepTalk focuses on improving outcomes for disaster survivors with access and functional needs. In his PrepTalk, Taylor shares a personal experience of visiting a shelter that failed to take into account the needs of people with disabilities, and how emergency managers can achieve better integrated planning.

 

May 2018

Interior Design Legislation Considered by Ohio House of Representatives

Legislation that would establish permissive certification of Ohio’s educated and qualified Interior Design profession successfully cleared three committee hearings this spring in the Ohio House of Representatives, allowing the bill, HB 504 (Pelanda), to advance to the House Floor for a final vote. The bill remains pending on the calendar while the General Assembly is in summer recess. 

Currently, Ohio does not regulate the profession of interior design at the state level, preventing interior designers from fully competing in the marketplace. HB 504 would establish the right to voluntarily obtain practice rights in the State of Ohio and allow interior designers to freely practice to their fullest capabilities through defined permit authority. The bill, which applies to nonresidential buildings, correctly allows a certified interior designer to prepare a plan or the specifications for, or the supervision of, the new construction, alteration, or repair of an interior space within a building when the core and shell structural elements of the building are not going to be changed and when such work takes place independent of an architect. Passage of HB 504 creates efficiencies, increases consumer choice, and generates cost savings by allowing a certified interior designer the autonomy to submit their own interior design drawings.

If HB 504 is successfully scheduled for a vote and passes the House, the Senate will need to act by Dec. 19, 2018 in order for the bill to become law. 

Illinois Strengthens Interior Design Law

Senate Bill 335 (Harmon), which adds interior design to the Mechanics Lien Act and expands the definition of "improve" to include work by or on the orders of a registered interior designer, recently passed the Illinois House of Representatives after passing the Senate in April.  Governor Bruce Rauner has 60 days to sign the bill from the date of final passage which was May 23.  If signed by the Governor, the bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. View the bill's status.

Wisconsin Interior Design Advocates meet with House Leadership

Robin A. Stroebel, ASID, RID, Interior Logic, and Government and Public Affairs (GPA) Chair for Wisconsin
Melissa Destree, AIA, IIDA, RID Destree Design Architects, Inc.
Rachel McGreevy, ASID
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August (R-District 32)

Wisconsin interior designers had a series of meetings with legislative leaders on May 30 and 31 as part of an ongoing effort to advance the profession of interior design in Wisconsin.  The group effectively engaged several members of the House and Senate and provided valuable education to state leaders on the positive impact of the interior design industry and its significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy.  Contact Robin Stroebel for more information or to get involved.