Texas Commission Supports Interior Designers
A few months ago, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Staff proposed to eliminate Texas' Interior Design Registration Program. ASID Government and Public Affairs staff monitored this proposal and testified in front of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission on November 13 to reject the staff proposal and maintain the current registration program. The Society's position was well represented, with strong support from interior design professionals, students and faculty from Stephen F. Austin University, architects, and other design professionals.
On behalf of ASID, we want to thank all of those who showed their support for the interior design registration program. Their efforts were extremely effective and appreciated. Thanks to everyone's hard work, the Commission voted on December 17 to maintain the existing Registration law in the State of Texas.
While this is exciting news, we wanted to share with you a couple important notes from the Commission report:
- First, the Commission did make a formal recommendation to "require Registered Interior Designers who do not meet current registration standards to pass the registration examination within a reasonable period of time." This means that a bill will likely be introduced in early 2013 to require any registered interior designer who has not passed the examination portion of the NCIDQ to sit for the exam to maintain their RID.
- Also, the Commission did note in their recommendation that they may eventually consider requiring non-Registered Interior Designers to register. This was not a formal recommendation and likely will not be introduced in legislation this year. However, since it is the Society's policy to oppose restrictive practice acts, the ASID Government and Public Affairs staff will be prepared to swiftly oppose such a recommendation if it is ever formally introduced.