AB 2482, the latest attempt by the ASID-funded California cartel to impose its anti-competitive practice act on the California design community, was pulled from the committee hearing agenda yesterday morning without getting another shot to have their misinformation presented again.
Along with my colleagues at NKBA, AIA, CLCID, and the Community Collage League — we kept the pressure on. Combine that with the outpouring of letters from IDPC’s client trade associations and you’ve got the recipe for defeat.
The committee didn’t want to risk the fallout of a rejection, so rather than vote it down, they chose to just let it languish without further attention. Additional work on this bill in the Assembly would be highly unlikely, given the amount of opposition and the sponsor’s inability to garner support in her own committee, let alone the rest of the Assembly. But as you know, you just can’t predict what will happen in the legislature. So…. I will absolutely stay on top of it and look for any movement.
For now, let’s celebrate our victory! California is an important state, having the largest number of designers. The CID program they have WORKS. It’s voluntary, privately run, inclusive, tests for California codes (unlike the NCIDQ) and is not taxpayer funded. The failed RID licensure would not have allowed interior designers to do anything more than they already enjoy doing today, i.e. they already can and do submit plans for permitting and they already can and do work on federal projects.
IIDC, ASID and IIDA are already trying to spin this defeat as a victory in accomplishing “critical initial steps in educating legislators….” Really? Based on the result, I’d say WE were the ones who did the better job education legislators. They claim it was another opportunity to “advance” the profession. Ha! The only thing they advanced is providing another opportunity for people to mock our profession due to their absurd and unsubstantiated claims. Sadly, they’ve done much to bring DOWN the level of respect for interior design.
ASID, time to lick your wounds and go away. Or shall we call the waaaaaaaaambulance?