Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Passes Two Proposed Committee Bills to Deregulate Interior Design Industry

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Don Davis, Director, Government and Public Affairs, ASID, (202) 675-2344 ddavis@asid.org
Autumn Conrad, Public Relations Manager, ASID, (202) 675-2341 aconrad@asid.org

Bills Remove Key Safeguards for Small Businesses and Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2011) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) testified on behalf of its members against the interior design provisions in two bills passed by the Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Committee yesterday. The first measure (H.B. 5005) deregulates certain professions and occupations, while the second bill (H.B. 5007) reduces current regulations.

Under the proposed legislation, which would remove safeguards designed to protect the consumer from the purview of the Business & Consumer Affairs laws in Florida, educated and experienced interior designers would be restricted from practicing in the full scope of their profession. These restrictions effectively eliminate competition in the commercial design market, creating a monopoly for architects in the code-based built environment and increasing the cost burden on consumers.

“ASID urges [the House Appropriations Committee] to strike the provisions from the bill that would eliminate this important voluntary licensing program,” testified ASID Director of Government and Public Affairs, Don Davis at yesterday’s hearing. He went on to say, “If this provision is not removed and licensing is eliminated in Florida there will be a significant negative impact on consumers, students and small business owners in Florida that, in turn, will create further economic uncertainty in the state.”

ASID posits that this legislation will disrupt small business and remove key safeguards vital to keeping the economy on track by abolishing regulatory programs that provide stability for business and certainty in the marketplace.  

Both bills are scheduled to undergo full debate on the House floor. No date is currently scheduled.

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. www.asid.org

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