Interior Design Protection Consulting

May 14, 2013

Victory: Years of Interior Design Misrepresentation in TX to End!

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On May 13th, the Texas Senate passed the extension of the interior design title law and ended years of misrepresentation in which the so-called “grandfathered” designers had been perpetrating a fraud on the public by calling themselves “registered” even though they had not met criteria under the law. (Note: IDPC objects to the entire basis of the title law and ALL interior design regulation, but that’s another story.)

Incredibly, nearly 70% of Texas’ current registered interior designers were grandfathered and don’t have the qualifications for registration that they insist that every other designer seeking registration after them must adhere to.  The Texas legislature recognized this deception and both the House and Senate have passed a bill demanding that every designer claiming that they are state registered must, in fact, meet the qualifications for registration required by the law within FOUR years.

The bill will go to Governor Perry to sign, and we do not expect any hold up.

Special thanks to Kelley Barnett for spearheading the superb grassroots effort!  IDPC along with our allies at the NKBA, AIA, and the Institute for Justice worked together with Kelley to obtain this outstanding victory – one step closer towards total freedom for the Texas design community.

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January 29, 2013

2013 Interior Design Legislative Outlook

Another year over.  Another year of success kicking the Interior Design Cartel’s butt.

21 bills and other efforts to expand or increase interior design regulations crossed my desk in 2012.  Once again, no new title or practice laws were enacted.  The good guys are still winning.  The roadblocks to ASID’s monopoly are still working.

But like zombies, these bills will not stay dead.  It’s only January and nine bills have already been introduced.  It’s going to be another busy year, but if the not-too-bright cartel want to keep wasting their time and spending their money on high-priced lobbyists instead of using their time and money in a more wise manner — say, for educating the public and promoting their own members — then so be it.

I’m ready for them.  Our coalition of freedom fighters is intact and stand ready to fight the onslaught of anti-competitive regulation.

If you’d like to donate to help our efforts and protect your right to practice, you can do so on this page:  http://www.idpcinfo.org/Sponsorship.html

March 12, 2012

Colorado interior design bill passes Senate, loses teeth

In a split decision, right down party lines, the Colorado Senate narrowly passed SB 120, a bill which would regulate a new title, enhance permitting privileges of only NCIDQ-certified designers, and virtually force building officials to accept their drawings.

However. . .  before passing, the Senate amended the bill, striking the words “qualified” (interior designers) and “construction” (documents) and inserted “for review” after building officials shall accept.

This change may have taken place because the proponents allegedly told the Committee that DORA (Department of Regulatory Affairs) “suggested” this approach, when in fact DORA has denied any such support.

The question of the day is, how is the amended bill any different than what is currently allowed for permitting in the existing architects’ law?  No one can seem to see what will change, making this just another frivolous and unnecessary waste of legislator time and taxpayer money.

Good grief!  There are actual REAL problems that the legislature should be focused on!

We anticipated that the bill would go to the House Economic and Business Committee, but it has instead been moved to the House Local Government Committee where efforts are underway to kill it.

If you can kill something that has no life, that is.

April 15, 2011

Florida dergulation front page of the Wall Street Journal!

The Fight for Interior Design Freedom is Ground Zero in Florida  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703551304576260742209315376.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

Incredible PR spotlighting the intense battle that has been going on in Tallahassee for the last month.

Campo-Flores writes about the scenarios the Cartel has “conjured:”

  • flammable carpets
  • sparking infernos
  • bacterial fabrics that will contributing to the (baseless) assertion that 88,000 deaths will occur if deregulated
  • and our all-time favorite — the totally absurd implication that without licensing, jail furnishings would be turned into weapons.

Of course, no genuine evidence or facts were given to back up any of these so-called safety issues.  That’s because none exists.

Licensed designer Michelle Earley is quoted as saying, “it only takes a couple things [sic] to go wrong for people to lose their lives.”  Same old tired scare tactics.  Ms. Earley is certainly entitled to her own opinion, but not her own set of facts.

There is not a shred of evidence that the 47 other states that do not regulate interior design have been responsible for a single interior design-related death.  In fact, 12 government agencies have concluded just the opposite:  http://www.idpcinfo.org/GovReports.html

As ususal, the Cartel cites disasters like the 1980 MGM fire as examples of “faulty interior design.”  Not mentioned in the article are the facts that the incident had nothing to do with unqualified interior designer work is completely belied by a 2005 article in the Las Vegas Review Journal, which makes clear that the primary reason why the fire spread was a combination of

(a) inadequate sprinklers;

 (b) rampant code violations; and

(c) the defective flammable adhesive used to attach ceiling tiles.

Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation, but there has been no evidence presented that the quantity or lethality of the smoke was in any way enhanced by improper decorating or design choices.   http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/Press%20Room/LasVegasMGMGrand.pdf

The article ends with a quote from interior designer Nancy Stehle which really says it all:  “If you’re good at what you do, you never have to be concerned.”

Why not let Florida consumers decide who they want to hire to design their commercial spaces, exactly as it’s done in 47 other states, and without any harm to the public?

Bottom line, deregulation creates more jobs, and will not require that all commercial work be done under the supervision of an architect.

Patti Morrow, Director

March 3, 2011

Interior design cartel about to take CONTROL of Mississippi!

THEY’RE HERE!

Yes, in YOUR state, Mississippi designers!  The ASID-led interior design cartel is about to take control of the design/building/remodeling industry.

But you can stop them if you act NOW!

H 1096, a bill which will establish REGULATION of the industry design industry is on Governor Haley Barbour’s desk.  THIS BILL NEEDS TO BE VETOED…NOW!

Call, write, email, or fax Governor Barbour and tell him:

  • This anti-competitive bill will hurt the design industry!
  • Only 10 people in the whole state qualify under the bills criteria — why should 10 people be allowed to have a government-sanctioned advantage over everyone else?
  • This bill is supported by a national bully, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who have spent $7,000,000 lobbying for regulations to eliminate all other competition!
  • This bill will increase costs of interior design services to consumers!
  • This bill needs to be VETOED!

Contact info for Governor Barbour here: http://www.governorbarbour.com/contact/

DO IT NOW!

February 28, 2011

ASID launches full-scale assault against designers

URGENT MESSAGE TO DESIGN COMMUNITY

Please read this message in its entirety.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has launched a full-scale assault on the interior design industry nationwide.

For over 30 years, ASID has aggressively lobbied for legislation that would effectively put the majority of hard-working designers out of business or prevent them from calling themselves “interior designers” unless they possess certain arbitrary credentials—credentials that just happen to be identical to those needed to become a “professional” member of ASID.

They claim interior design should be licensed to protect the public’s health and safety—yet there is not a shred of evidence to corroborate this claim.

In reality, this small group of industry insiders is pushing for regulation in order to eliminate much of their competition.

What is at stake is one of the most basic freedoms afforded to U.S. citizens—the right to earn an honest living.  This is an outrageous assault on economic liberty, and their efforts to cartelize the interior design industry must be stopped.

And this year, they are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to gain control.  At their Annual Legislation Symposium in Colorado last October, ASID leadership encouraged the attendees to introduce bills in all 50 states.  And that’s exactly what they’re doing.  Since January 1st, 18 bills which would impact interior designers are already in Committee or pre-filed – never have we seen so many so early.  

That’s where I come in.  My name is Patti Morrow, and I’m the director of the Interior Design Protection Council.  IDPC is the nation’s leading advocacy group protecting the rights and livelihoods of all in the interior design community.

IDPC is the spearhead of the interior design “Freedom Movement,” a collaboration of 28 national trade and stakeholder associations who work together across the country to protect design freedom.  We are on the frontlines—and we are winning, as you can see from our proven track record of success.

Since 2006, we have 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.

In addition to fighting for liberty in state capitols, IDPC also trains interior designers to become activists and provides rapid and strategic response to the pro-cartel movement’s propaganda.  For example, we have issued three “white papers” that time and again are used to rebut ASID’s false claims for licensure:

I’ve also published a book, Getting Grassroots Galvanized, and my opinions have been featured in outlets like The Wall Street Journal, Reason TV, AIA The Angle, Today’s Home, Interiors and Sources, Design Trade Magazine, Window Fashion Vision, and More Magazine.  I’ve enclosed some clippings of coverage IDPC has received for you.

Indeed, ASID’s efforts have nothing to do with the public health and safety.  To the contrary, 12 government agencies have reviewed the issue and all concluded that interior design regulation would provide no additional protection to consumers beyond measures already in place.

ASID simply wants to protect themselves from competition, by passing protectionist laws that only benefit themselves.  They believe that consumers lack the ability to make informed choices about who they retain for design services.

In striking down Alabama’s Interior Design Practice Act, Justice Parker stated:

“Nor should this court embrace the paternalistic notion that the average citizen is incapable of choosing a competent interior designer without the state’s help.  The economic liberty of contract remains a protected right in Alabama, especially in a field like interior design that involves expressive activity.”

Americans are fully capable of choosing an interior designer that best suits their needs—and in an open marketplace free of unnecessary and arbitrary licensing, customers can enjoy lower costs and better interior design services.

But we need support from people like you.

As I wrote in Vision magazine, interior design is a dynamic profession that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity.  Regulation is contrary to those values and antithetical to a free market society.

It is critical that IDPC remain on the frontlines in the fight against efforts to cartelize the industry.  But to do so, we need your help.

Every day, ASID is pushing for new legislation that would put more and more interior designers out of work.  They are well-funded by their small group of industry insiders, desperate to wall-out competition.  Meanwhile, IDPC relies on the voluntary contributions of independent interior designers. 

Please support IDPC in our efforts to keep interior design free.  A contribution to IDPC is a contribution to the movement for economic liberty—the fight to restore the right to earn an honest living.  Entrepreneurism is the backbone of America’s economy, and an attempt to cartelize one industry is an attack on all.

It is the not the government’s job to protect one group of established industry-insiders from others who wish to compete.

Would you please consider supporting the Interior Design Protection Council?

For just $29 a year, you will become a member of the Interior Design Protection Council, and receive information about legislative activities across the country, and in your own state — exclusive updates, bill analysis, legislator contact information, talking points, sample letters, and free one-on-one coaching with me if you wish to testify in opposition to a bill.

http://www.idpcinfo.org/Membership.html

For an additional one-time donation of $100, $200 or more, we will provide you with free advertising on our website as well as exclusive access to additional features and materials.

http://www.idpcinfo.org/Donate.html

The Interior Design Protection Council can’t keep the interior design profession free without your support.  Please consider joining today so we can continue to achieve incredible results.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

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P.S.:  My good friend Ed Nagorsky, the General Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Kitchen and Bath Association, had this to say about the Interior Design Protection Council:

“IDPC is the nationwide voice of the design community, seeking to protect the rights of interior designers to continue working in the profession they love without unnecessary and anti-competitive regulation which does nothing more than protects the economic self-interest of a handful of designers.

The organization has shown a light on the efforts of the interior design lobby which is trying to corner the market on interior design services and dictate who may or may not be hired by members of the public.  Its newsletters and articles have effectively and truthfully raised the awareness of the design industry to the anti-consumer legislation that the lobby is seeking to foist upon the public.”

 As I described above, IDPC is winning the fight against the pro-cartelization movement.   But we need your support to continue to be effective.  Please join us today for just $29 a   year and if you are in a position to do so, make a one-time gift of $100, $200, or even   $500.  Thank you.

http://www.idpcinfo.org/Membership.html

http://www.idpcinfo.org/Donate.html 

Fire & Ice: Rome BURNS while ASID FREEZES out competition

January 25, 2011

Hearing Scheduled on Interior Design Bill in Colorado

HEADS UP!

Colorado design community:

A bill to regulate interior design has been introduced in the legislature and scheduled for hearing on February 2, 2011 in the Capitol Building.

If allowed to pass, this bill WILL impact your right to practice.

IDPC members and sponsors — you will shortly be receiving more information on the hearing, bill analysis, talking points, legislator contact information, sample letters and all other updates pertinent to defeating this bill.

Click here to become a member of IDPC: http://www.idpcinfo.org/Membership.html

 

January 21, 2011

Interior design legislation discussion on Today’s Home

PATTI MORROW, Director of the Interior Design Protection Council, is going to be my very special guest on Today’s Home tomorrow morning at 9:00 Pacific Time/12:00 Eastern Time. Please tune in, and call with your questions (toll free, of course!)

Click here for tune in and call in structions: http://todays-home.com/

Diane Plesset, Today’s Home radio host

January 19, 2011

Interior designers and the “life safety” myth

Do unregulated interior designers jeopardize public safety?  The answer is found in this short video!

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