ID Connections

American counterparts make headway on fight to protect the profession

Published by Julia Salerno, May 31, 2011.

IDC's U.S. counterparts, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association), have made some headway in protecting existing practice legislation in recent weeks.

The most notable victory comes from ASID's Florida Chapter. While the Florida House of Representatives voted to deregulate the law that governs the practice of interior design in commercial interiors, the Florida Senate overwhelmingly voted against that bill and this keeps the Florida interior design practice act in place. Congratulations to ASID, IIDA, and NCIDQ, particularly ASID's Government Affairs Department and to the Florida Interior Design Coalition and design community who held protests, provided funding for lobbyists, and held public press conferences right in the Florida Capitol Building.

In addition to this victory for interior design in Florida, the Institute for Justice sued the State of Florida several months back and lost in the second highest courts in the U.S., with the judges stating that Florida has the right to restrict the practice of interior design in commercial interiors to those who meet education, experience and examination. The Institute appealed to the judges to re-hear their case against the State of Florida and last week their appeal was denied. The only place the opposition can go to get their appeal heard now is the U.S. Supreme Court.

IDC is proud of its American counterparts and their efforts to protect not only the health, welfare and safety of the public, but also the business of design.

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