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Opposing interior design legislation everywhere

Report from Annapolis

Thanks to David Merrick of NARI for the following summary of the meeting in Annapolis regarding Maryland’s proposed legislation. Because of intense opposition pressure, the amendment turning the bill into a title act instead of a practice act was circulated, and changed the terminology – and they are going to vote on this on Friday, March 20.

They also want to change the existing title act restriction on “Certified interior Designer” to be “Licensed Interior Designer”, and wanted to even restrict the use of the term “interior designer”, but NKBA and others made it clear to them that this was not OK, either. Even ASID officially agrees with not restricting that use now, but the local Maryland people are still trying to push it through.

So, the fight isn’t over yet, folks – read on, and keep on writing and calling your legislators. This could still pass as amended on Friday – or even unamended.

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Yesterday’s hearing in Annapolis was well attended, over 100 people
turned out to testify against this bill. One of the delegates commented
at the start that they had received more emails on this than they did
for the death penalty.

Before the hearing started an amendment was circulated that drops the
practice issues included in the bill and turns the bill into a title
bill for Interior Designers. The original bill would limit the practice
of interior design to Licensed Interior Designers, this would include
kitchens, bathrooms and residential buildings and would greatly affect
design build contractors and people who call themselves Interior
Designers but have no credentials to back that up. The amended bill
would just restrict the title of Interior Designers to people who have
been licensed by the state.

The head of MHIC, Larry Levitan testified in favor of the bill as long
as MHIC contractors were exempted, that helps some of us but would still
affect many of our colleagues. Proponents of the bill say it is needed
to protect the public despite a clean record with no complaints filed
against Interior designers in the recent past.

This is a very political issue and is not dead, the bill could still go
before the legislature un-amended, amended or be killed in committee.
We need it to be killed in committee. If this passes it would be
complete disaster for our businesses.

Use this link to the NKBA website to respond to all of the legislators

http://capwiz.com/nkba/issues/alert/?alertid=12816801&type=ML

It is very important that we stay tuned into what is happening here, I
urge each of you to take a few minutes and write a personal message,
this link is very easy to use and very effective. I received a personal
reply from two representatives.

David Merrick, CR

President, NARI Metro DC

President Merrick Design and Build Inc

301-946-2356

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March 19, 2009 - Posted by | ASID, Interior Design Legislation Opposition, Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC), Maryland | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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