Per Virgina Hill: “I just spoke with my representative and he has assured me that he is working with Rep. Dorothy Hukill and Rep. Denise Grimsley on removing us from the bill HB5005. He urges every licensed interior designer and every commercial client that you have that would be affected by this bill, to continue to contact your personal representatives as well as any other areas of Florida where you might do work. Continue letters and calls to Rep. Hukill, Rep. Grimsley and Speaker Cannon’s office as well. Continue letters and calls to the Governor, his words were, DO NOT LET UP, I think they are beginning to get it!

He has also confirmed to me that we need to begin focusing on getting ourselves removed from the Senate’s sister bill SB1824 now, before it gets passed in their committee. This will help force the change in the house in order to let it get passed. Realize you are not going to stop a bill during an appropriations (budget) meeting, and don’t be discouraged because it was not, he still feels everyone’s efforts helped to bring to light the real issues. There is just TOO MANY issues during appropriations to stop an entire budget for it at that point.

Our best chance right now is to get busy with the Senate side: The bill SB1824 will be heard in a meeting of the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism & Economic Development on 04/05/11 at 10:15 AM. The bill is SB1824 and is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays; 850-487-5014; hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov he and the following members of the Subcommittee below need to be our immediate targets. If you have not discovered using the following web sites to track the bills and committee members, I highly suggest it. It is easier to email letters from it. If anyone knows someone who knows Senator Hays this could be key.

http://www.flsenate.gov/ and http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/

You can go to these pages click on representatives or senators or committees at the top and then left click on the names and you will get all contact information and even another click and an easy way to email right from there.

Below is a list of the subcommittee members for tomorrow’s meeting so we need to get going fast!

Senator Don Gaetz (R)
Vice Chair:
Senator Gwen Margolis (D)
• Senator JD Alexander (R)
• Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
• Senator Michael S. “Mike” Bennett (R)
• Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff (R)
• Senator Larcenia J. Bullard (D)
• Senator Charles S. “Charlie” Dean, Sr. (R)
• Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R)
• Senator Greg Evers (R)
• Senator Mike Fasano (R)
• Senator Anthony C. “Tony” Hill, Sr. (D)
• Senator Jack Latvala (R)
• Senator Jim Norman (R)
• Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (D)
• Senator Christopher L. “Chris” Smith (D)
• Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)”

Thanks to Virginia Hill for the above information


  1. Time for Plan B Avatar
    Time for Plan B


    I’ve been away for a few weeks, but all I can say is WOW!!!

    What happened to your Blog? I thought your view was that ID legislation was not the way to go in terms of “Professionalizing” Interior Design.

    It looks like it’s turned into a mouth piece for the pro-licensing, pro-government regulation crowd.

    It was only a matter of time until the “anti-cartel” went from lawsuits to introducing legislation to remove ID licensing from the books.

    Florida made the decision to “over reach” by busting designer/decorators with that outside law firm (including many famous ones) and now the entire ID licensing movement is going to be on the defensive instead of the offensive.

    Forget introducing new legislation, ASID will be lucky to stop a repeal effort that will move from state to state faster than that Vegas Hotel Fire they like to cite.


  2. Are you the same commenter that accused me of being the Glenn Beck of ID? Hey I know it is confusing but hear me out. I certainly do not want to see the profession, as it is, go backward. I maintain that we are legislating ID for the wrong reasons and we are going about it the wrong way. That said I will defend the legislation that is in place because to lose it…for whatever reason…would be a tragic waste of time and effort. I also stand against any ID legislation that does not clearly distinguish between “certified/registered” interior designers and those interior designers who freely choose not to pursue higher standards of education, experience and examination.

    I hope that those who are blindly devoted to licensing as the penultimate form of professional validation will come to their senses and realize that there are far better ways to promote the value of our profession to society. We really need to get our professional house in order before we continue the effort to regulate via Uncle Sam. I stand firm that we need one professional organization to represent us and we need self certification first, then self regulation, then self promtion and then, and only then, can we expect the general public and our lawmakers to grant us government regulation.
    I hope that straightens out my apparent waffle.


  3. Hi Mike:

    I’m amazed at what they are proposing in Florida. I’m in favor of it but I’m still amazed knowing how difficult it is to get anything through these legislatures and the “anti-cartel” used to be afraid to do this because they thought that once it got into committee there was a chance that a Title Act could end up as a Practice act instead of the Title Act being repealed.

    What it tells me is that momentum is building to start repealing laws that license a lot of different occupations. IJ used to just play in the judicial branch, but maybe they are getting involved in the legislative branch as well. Not good news for the pro-legislation crowd since they get some of the funding from the KOCH brothers. “On Wisconsin!”

    Just so you know, I’m partners in an Interior Design Firm with my wife (a decorator) that employs a licensed Architect, an NCIDQ Interior Designer and another Designer who went to a CIDA school but hasn’t bothered with NCIDQ, because she prefers the decorative side of the business. We have another designer with “natural talent” and a bunch of interns with no talent who also went to CIDA schools. They are good at office work and maybe someday they will be “Designers”. They do a little CAD when we need it.

    My opinion is that this whole thing is about to become a PR nightmare for “Designers, Decorators and Architects” all who are mostly unemployed as it is.

    We pay dues to ASID to help us build our business, not to fund this nonsense. I mean really, how many Interior Designers working in the commercial sector are NOT working in Architecture firms. Very few. It seems to be all about “self esteem”. And Interior Designers who have worked exclusively in commercial who suddenly think they can practice in residential are delusional at best.

    Just my opinion.


  4. Fair enough. There are more than 2 sides to this issue. I take it when you were an intern you were 100% billable, overly talented and highly productive- yeah I thought so.
    Thanks for the post.


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