The hits just keep coming.


While I support current ID legislation and do not want to see it declared unconstitutional or deregulated I urge everybody to consider the consequences of relying on the government to validate our worth to society. From where I am sitting it ain’t pretty.

In an environment where one message is said and another message is heard and yet another version of the same message is shared, we have to be incredibly careful that our message is clear and consistent. At this point I don’t think we know what the message really is.


Those opposed to ID regulation are far better at misinforming the public and our policy makers than those who support the regulation of ID are able to properly inform the public.  Additional case in point;


To be clear whether anybody with a pulse can perform non-residential interior design services is dictated by the permitting requirements of the local jurisdiction.  http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0481/Sections/0481.2131.html

While deregulating interior design in Florida will not be the end of the “profession” as some have claimed it will roll back what little progress registered interior designers have made to submit limited scope interior design drawings for a building permit.  We have got to get our collective acts together.


P.P.S. All of this angst and expensive lobby chest thumping and it will only save $11mil.  Are you kidding? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

P.P.P.S. And oh yeah by the way…while all of our attention is myopically focused on the licensing debacle in Florida the IFI has been advancing the status of the profession on a global scale WITHOUT UNCLE SAM’S HELP!



  1. IJ on You Tube Avatar
    IJ on You Tube

    In case you missed this:


  2. California (CLCID) Avatar
    California (CLCID)

    IDPC Alliance
    This year CLCID has aligned with the Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC). IDPC is a national, non-partisan interior design business league working to protect the rights of interior designers to practice and to actively influence legislation that protects the livelihood of its members throughout the United States.
    IDPC is spearheading the interior design “Freedom Movement,” a collaboration of 28 national trade and stakeholder associations who work together across the country to protect design freedom. Since 2006, IDPC has successfully defeated over 100 bills in 21 states that would have expanded or enacted new protectionist, anti-competitive interior design regulations that would have put interior designers and industry allies out of work.
    Aligning with IDPC will be a benefit to both associations whose mission it is to represent and protect the rights of ALL Interior Designers. http://www.idpcinfo.org/


  3. Miami Herald April 6th Avatar
    Miami Herald April 6th

    Attempts to slim down professional deregulation bill fail
    .A bill to deregulate more than a dozen professions in Florida moved quickly through the Legislature, even though there was some vocal public opposition.
    By Janet Zink
    Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE — — Attempts by House Democrats to dismantle a bill that would deregulate about 20 professions went nowhere Wednesday.

    Supporters of HB 5005, which covers everything from auctioneers to telemarketers, say it will boost the economy by making it easier to open new businesses. Opponents say it opens the door to abuse of consumers.

    One by one, amendments to remove interior designers, auto repair shops, hair braiders, charitable organizations, athlete agents and others from the legislation failed on the House floor, largely along party-line votes.

    A vote on the overall bill could come as early as Thursday.

    In many cases, said bill sponsor Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, the regulations don’t really do much anyway. They are more about registration than consumer protection, she said. She cited the small number of complaints filed with the state about auto repair shops and talent agents.

    Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, introduced most of the amendments and he said that perhaps the number of complaints is low because the professions are regulated. And if all the rules require is registration, perhaps the regulations should be stronger, he said.

    “Should we stop registering sex offenders because that’s all we do is register them?” asked Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek. “There comes a time when registration is critical.”

    In a discussion of an amendment to remove intrastate movers from the bill, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Destin, said deregulating that industry will save the state money, suggesting lawmakers should think about the bottom line when considering the various amendments.

    What he didn’t point out is that the overall bill will actually result in a net loss to state coffers of more than $6 million, according to the House staff analysis.

    Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or (850) 224-7263.


  4. 😦 This is not a video about Fallout 3 inspired interior design like google led me to believe. Disappointed.


    1. Maybe the problem is with Google……And what the heck is Fallout 3 Inspired Interior Design?


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