Well, it looks like ASID just completed another (excuse my yawn) legislative symposium, this time in Colorado. Mostly the same old, same old, but not entirely. Here’s a link to their power point: http://www.asid.org/NR/rdonlyres/EEFE7E77-1735-4137-A0AB-FF3767057E42/0/LegislativeAffairsDesignAdvocacyforAll.pdf
It should be noted that the training seminar was lead by Bruce Goff (CA) and Rose Botti-Salitsky (MA) – two pro-regulation extremists that have failed miserably, time and time again, to bring licensure to their own states of California and Massachusetts.
THE GOOD NEWS…..
It appears that the strategy will now focus solely on trying to restrict sign and seal privileges to only NCIDQ-certified designers and prevent all others from submitting plans for non-structural permitting. Why is this good news? Because as we all know, the pro-regulation faction want everything interior designers do to be restricted to only NCIDQ-certified, but IDPC, with assistance from our allies in the Freedom Movement, have BLOCKED them at every turn:
- We decimated their entire “health, safety and welfare” argument by proving that there is not a shred of evidence to warrant a conclusion that the unregulated practice of interior design places the public in any form of jeopardy whatsoever.
- We neutralized their whining that they deserve “legislated professional recognition” by pointing out that it is not a legitimate function of the legislature to provide government-sanctioned enhancement to a small handful of elitist industry insiders while placing the majority of honest, hard-working designers at an unfair competitive disadvantage.
- We provided in-depth analysis which undeniably demonstrates that the IBC (Sec. 106.1) does NOT require that all construction documents be prepared by registered design professionals, but defers completely to state law as to whether or not construction documents must be prepared by an architect or an engineer or may be prepared by anyone else including interior designers.
- We took OUR title back via the Institute of Justice’s successful court challenges that restricting the title of “interior designer” is unconstitutional.
The Cartel has been left scrambling around the proverbial regulatory floor, trying to find any crumbs of legislation that they can sweep up.
But the sign and seal hybrid practice act bills will be met with the same vigorous opposition from IDPC and our allies – especially the AIA, with whom I’ve been working to strengthen our partnership both nationally and on a state-by-state basis.
NOW THE BAD NEWS…
According to reports IDPC has obtained on the seminar,
- ASID is again encouraging that bills be introduced in EVERY legislature in the country. This is not a new concept. IDPC exposed the previous ASID/IIDA “Parker Plan” in 2008 (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs060/1102107213116/archive/1102134496569.html). Of course, ASID denied such a plan existed, but soon thereafter a third failed effort to merge the two organizations was revealed, totally vindicating my announcement of the alleged Parker Plan.
- ASID is encouraging hiring new lobbyists if the previous ones did not adequately advance their licensing scheme;
- ASID offers states opportunities to have their legislative efforts funded;
- Many states like WA, CO, MN, AZ, PA, TN, CA, MS, OR, MI and others will be pursuing practice acts;
- States like Florida and Georgia will be looking to expand the insidious reach of their existing laws.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO…
Support IDPC and the Freedom Movement, and we will give you the tools you need to keep the Cartel’s licensing scheme from steamrolling your state and stealing your hard earned business! Read more about the benefits and how much time and money we can save you: http://idpcinfo.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/idpc-features-vs-benefits/.
Join our crusade, TODAY! Waiting for the bill to be introduced TOMORROW may be too late to stop it! The Cartel will engage directly following the November 2nd elections and so should you! http://www.idpcinfo.org/Membership.html