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Talking Points and Facts

Talking Points

It may be helpful to highlight or write down some points you want to get across and read them aloud when making calls to legislators and officials. Be brief, and direct. Speak about how this bill will affect you, whether you are a concerned member of the public, a designer, student, or a sales representative. These are just some ideas to get you started…

No matter what you do remember to say : “I am opposed to the Deregulation of Registered Interior Designers, and I ask that you remove Interior Designers from this legislation.”

Here are some facts that you might never have considered before:

  • There are 9,306 licensed individual Architects in Florida.  8,398 are men, 90%
  • There are 2,875 licensed Interior Designers, 2,200 are women, 76%
  • 883  IB licensed design firms
  • 2,303  AA architectural firms.
  • 17 IDP education providers
  • 117 ARP education providers
  • All of which would be affected if ID are no longer required to take CEUs
  • There are 1,750 lines of text in HB5005-01-c1. There were 19 professions listed for deregulation, but 739 lines of text concern the profession of Interior Design.
  • Over 42% of the text extracts one profession from regulation.

– “Deregulating Interior Designers will not encourage competition and growth, but will kill jobs, futures, and businesses.”

– “Interior Design curriculum and examination protects the health, safety and welfare of Floridians” – “This bill does not produce jobs and reduces existing competition”

– “Current regulations make money, cost the State nothing, and add to the discretionary Trust of the State.”

– “The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit upheld that commercial interior design is a profession which should be regulated by the State in Locke V Shore”

– “Deregulating Interior Designers will eliminate anyone but Architects from providing commercial design services”

– “Deregulating Interior Designers will endanger the 20 interior design programs in the State of Florida. They will not have adequate student enrollment to continue the programs. Students are so discouraged they are threatening to quit now. This will put many Floridians involved in our educational programs out of work.”

– “I cannot count on paying my student loans of $______ if interior design is deregulated.”

– “I cannot continue in my business if I am unable to provide services for the commercial projects I am trained to design.”

– “You are reducing my ability to earn or to receive promotions since I will no longer be a design professional and compete as one”

– “If I cannot submit documents as a design professional and provide my registration certificate for local, state and Federal projects, I can’t compete.”

– “If I cannot work, I will be unable to make my mortgage payment”

– “What am I going to do with my reduced (or closed) business if interior design is deregulated?!”  Get specific on this – give personal examples.

-If you are a vendor or manufacturer’s representative: you can state that many of your specifiers will not be able to do business, therefore will not be able to support your Florida business.

-If you are a client, please let our legislature know how important your experience was working with a Registered Interior Designer, and if you’re willing, share how much money you have spent in Florida on ID related services.

– When you phone or write a Republican, please say if you are Republican in your message.

– If you are phoning a Senator or Representative from YOUR district, be sure to say “I am a constituent and will not support you if you do not remove Interior Designers from this bill.”

Suggestions from Janice Young, FASID, FIIDA, Past President of IDAF:

· First tell them of your opposition.

· Then a short paragraph telling them, why you are concerned.  Only a few lines.

· Tell them how this will impact on your life;  Tell them this will affect your livelihood; Tell them of the lost business opportunities.

. Tell them of the possible job layoffs.  Since this deregulation is not  “encouraging competition and growth”, but killing jobs, futures, businesses, and endangering 20 interior design programs in the State of FL as possibly having adequate students to be enrolled to continue the programs.  Students are so discouraged they are threatening to quit now! Write from your personal view/problem/issues.. get into reality and the hard cold light of day’s effect on your life.

    Updated Issues

    Please note the opposition is arguing their analysis of language in the bill, Florida Statutes, and Florida Building Code will allow anyone to provide commercial design services. This is inconsistent with analysis of these same documents by Architects and the Interior Design association legislative advisors that support Interior Design regulation.

    The information provided below is edited from IDAF. You are strongly encouraged to use this information in your letters to legislators and to the media.

    This legislation changes an industry that was identified 23 years ago in Florida with the express purpose of identifying an emerging profession distinct and different from Architecture, to encourage competition and growth:

    –   Interior Design offers competition with architects on only a very small portion of common work

    –   Regulation benefits consumers by requiring Registered Interior Designers to have education, examination, and continuing education.

    –   Competition ensures that consumers and businesses pay less for design services, as Registered Interior Designers routinely charge less than Architects.  If left only with Architects there will be more cost to do business, and it will be more difficult to rent the thousands of SF of excess office space out there today.

    –   Registered Interior Designers must take the same code course for license renewal as Architects and Landscape Architects, demonstrating proficiency in code knowledge and application.

    –   Many small businesses will close or be forced to pursue work that they have not developed their skills in, or must will be forced to start from scratch finding clients in residential design. This will create more competition for unlicensed designers.

    –   Many designers will be forced to work for an Architectural firm at reduced wages. Remember, 40% of Architects are unemployed in Florida today, per NCARB estimates.

    –   Legislation will get rid of those who are accountable by their registration to State, to codes, and to higher standards, including revealing methods of compensation—the only design profession to be required by Statutes to do this. This provides unmeasurable protection to the public from unscrupulous business practices.

    –  Those who are now qualified will be denied signing/sealing/permitting privileges, and will lose that work to those who can.

    Our wise lawmakers without any study, full report on effect on business, business costs, job potential, and project loss want to deregulate a profession.  In this economy, such actions are put forth in the name of encouraging competition and growth to create jobs. The only way deregulation will increase jobs in a jobless market is by encouraging people who are under-qualified to compete  against those who are qualified and validated by registration as being so.

    –   While NKBA and some office product manufacturer’s reps are saying to office and kitchen dealers “anyone will be able to practice commercial design after interior design is deregulated,” no building department will accept unlicensed documents for permitting.

    –   NKBA’s Certified Kitchen and Bath designers testified that they are experts at kitchens and baths and that “I can do a much better Commercial Kitchen” than Registered Interior Designers can do.

    Please see 481.229(8) which identifies commercial kitchen equipment dealers, mfg. reps, distributions may prepare designs, specs, layouts and may do so exempt from architecture or interior design if… ( c) each design, specification or layout document prepared by such a person or entity…contains a statement on each page of the document that the designs, specifications, or layouts are not architectural, interior design, or engineering designs specifications or layouts and not used for construction unless reviewed and approved by a licensed architect or engineer

    Registered Interior Designers cannot do commercial kitchens, so how can an unlicensed person think they will be able to do this? There is no proposed language change except striking “interior design” from the language to permit this. Registered Interior Designers are working OUTSIDE The kitchen AND ARE NEVER AUTHORIZED TO DO OTHERWISE; this work already goes to Architect or Engineers.

    –  Also note that model homes are classified in many counties as “commercial” until they are put into use as residence.  Home building and construction groups must know this.

    More Information and Facts

    Learn more about Interior Design legislation and what an Interior Designer actually does. The only reason our right to work is being threatened is because the public and our legislature don’t understand the importance of the Interior Design profession and our scope of work.

    What is an Interior Designer

    Definition of Interior Design

    Legislation, Politics, and the Interior Designer (every student should read this!)

    The State of Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design was sued by the Institute of Justice with assistance from the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). This is the same entity now fiercely trying to deregulate Registered Interior Designers in Florida by supporting HB 5005.  The 11th Circuit Court Appeal, in the March 1 decision unanimously upheld the current regulations. These are their findings:

    Opinions – United State Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

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