No Design Legislation

Opposing interior design legislation everywhere

Why Should I Care About Other States?

Why should you care what other states are doing with respect to laws regulating the practice of interior design, other than the ones in which you reside and practice?

In a post on the Kitchen Design Notes blog, someone commented that he did not “have a dog in this fight” in reference to the Florida situation, a sentiment that I often hear expressed by designers from all over the country in one format or another.

Whether or not you have a dog in the Florida fight in particular, it’s critical to realize that we *all* have a stake in whatever happens in each and every state, and here’s why.

Every time a law is passed to regulate our profession – or struck down – that has the potential to affect us all.  Legislators watch what happens in other states as well as judging the specific bills before them on their own merits.

It also affects us all nationwide as a profession, particularly in this day and age of instant Internet communications regardless of where any of us live or practice in a variety of ways:

– It pits us all against each other within the profession, causing a divide that doesn’t serve anyone.  We would all be far better served to put our collective efforts towards educating the public effectively about what interior designer really do rather than trying to attack one another.

– As more and more people learn of the issue, it does more to turn the public against us all than it does to help our profession.   Again, this is a national problem that affects us all.

– Finally, and most importantly, we should all realize that what happens in other states could just as easily happen in our own – and that would be a tragedy. Information about what is happening in Florida in particular should be spread far and wide, because this kind of witch hunt is exactly what we might expect in any other state that passes such laws.

It is incredible that anyone who is in favor of regulating the practice of interior design can really believe that they are helping the profession, when things are happening like they are in Florida, with designer pitted against designer, people turning each other in right and left, and people being put out of business routinely, fined huge amounts, etc. – all for just practicing their chosen profession, many times already for decades before all of this nonsense started.

Do you really want to live in a society where people’s right to honestly advertise what they do is limited – *anywhere*?  Where talented people are put out of business, particularly in as bad an economy as we are experiencing right now, and where your own peers might be the ones to turn on you?

To learn more about the issues in Florida as well as in other states, please follow the links on this blog, and on the Interior Design Protection Council’s website.

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May 11, 2009 - Posted by | Florida, Interior Design Legislation Opposition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “We would all be far better served to put our collective efforts towards educating the public effectively about what interior designer really do rather than trying to attack one another.”

    OK Ms. Hoechstetter please regale me with your definition of what interior designers really do. Oh and since it appears that you do in fact consider interior design to be a “profession”, one of which I am sure you have a birthright to, please set me straight on the standards by which you claim professional status. I have a quarter. I’d love to buy a clue 😉

    Comment by Mike Dudek | May 12, 2009 | Reply


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