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It doesn’t involve me.

How many times have I heard that?
When you read the news about Design Practice Acts and think that it does not impact you, think again.

We simply cannot stand by and allow the interior design cartel to monopolize all the business in any state and dictate to consumers who they may hire.

At Issue: Help your colleagues in the State of Maryland defeat restrictive design licensing in their state. If you do or plan to do business in Maryland you should take this threat to the design community seriously. If the most restrictive, anti-competitive law in the country is passed in Maryland, how long do you think it will be before the interior design cartel enacts or expands a similar law in your state?

Click here for contact information for Economic Matters Committee for Maryland Economic Matters Committee. Email your protest letter today.

HAPPENING NOW
Interior Design Protection Council

Take control your future…
HB 1168 will put you OUT OF BUSINESS!

Attend Hearing on March 17th

Dear Maryland design community and supporters of the Freedom Movement:

On February 13, the Maryland State Legislature introduced an Interior Designers Licensing Act which, if adopted, will be the most restrictive interior design law in the country.
If this bill passes, in order to continue practicing interior design, you will have to be NCIDQ certified. That means you may have to close down your business and go back to school, or go to work under another licensed designer (if you can even find one willing to hire you) at little or no pay in order to qualify to sit for the NCIDQ exam.
We simply cannot stand by and allow the interior design cartel to monopolize all the business in Maryland and dictate to consumers who they may hire. We need your help to stop it.
Please please plan to attend the hearing:
March 17th
1:00 p.m.
Room 230 of the House Office Bldg
6 Bladen St, Annapolis MD 21401.

This law would put many thousands of Maryland designers, decorators, contractors and retailers out of business without any demonstrable showing of harm to the public from the failure to license the interior design profession. If passed, Maryland would go against the vast majority of states which found such legislation to be anti-competitive and unnecessary.

If this law is passed, only 325 designers will be allowed to practice. Thousands will lose their ability to earn a living and contribute to the growth of Maryland’s economy.
There are only three states in the entire country that have interior design practice laws, and none were passed since the 1990s. Most recently, the Supreme Court of Alabama struck down and declared unconstitutional that state’s interior design practice law which was less restrictive than the one being proposed here.

At least twelve state agencies reports have examined the need for titling and/or licensing laws for interior designers and all found no benefit to the public, concluding that consumers already possessed the means to make informed decisions about interior designers. Click here to access all twelve reports.

In 2002, the Maryland Department of Legislative Services conducted a Sunset review of Maryland’s existing interior design title act and recommended a repeal of that law, stating that the regulation of Interior designers was not needed to assure the protection of the public as the interior design services offered by certified interior designers present no risk of serious injury or financial harm to the public. Nothing has changed since the date of that report.
Please note that under this bill, interior design is defined to include:

Preparing and administering interior design documents, including drawings, schedules, and specifications, in the planning and design of interior spaces involving:

  • furnishings
  • layouts
  • fixtures
  • cabinetry
  • lighting fixtures
  • finishes
  • materials
  • interior construction

There is NO grandfathering for those who are not already certified. You will NOT be able to continue practicing.

Click here to read the entire bill.

DC, DE and VA

Help your colleagues in the State of Maryland defeat restrictive design licensing in their state. If you do or plan to do business in Maryland you should take this threat to the design community seriously. If the most restrictive, anti-competitive law in the country is passed in Maryland, how long do you think it will be before the interior design cartel enacts or expands a similar law in your state?

TAKE ACTION
Action must be taken now to let the members of the House Economic Matters Committee know about the widespread effect that such disastrous legislation would have, not only on your right to continue in business but on the rights of many thousands of employers and employees in the State of Maryland who will be negatively affected by this restrictive and unnecessary legislation.
In today’s difficult economic climate, the state should not pass legislation which would make it more difficult for its citizens to compete in the free and open market, unless there is compelling evidence that the public is being harmed by the failure to regulate. Clearly, no such evidence exists.
Click here for contact information for Economic Matters Committee

DON’T THINK THAT OTHERS WILL DO THIS FOR YOU —

Everyone needs to be involved to defeat this bill!
YOUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

IDPC is the only national organization solely dedicated to protecting your livelihood and right to practice.
Please join our crusade and become a member.

Patti Morrow

Executive Director
Interior Design Protection Council

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Author:

Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at burkeKBdesign@gmail.com http://laurieburke.houzz.com

4 thoughts on “It doesn’t involve me.

  1. Hi, Laurie,Thanks for keeping this issue out in front of people. Your post sparked me to finally address the issue of apathy in the design community at more length in the new IDPC blog at http://idpcblog.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/it-doesnt-involve-me-or-does-it/If you would please post a link to this blog as well as your other legislative links in your links section – http://idpcblog.wordpress.com – I’d very much appreciate it.Warm regards, Wendy

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