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Massachusetts, November 2014
Massachusetts Interior Design Bidding Bill H. 4303, which establishes the right of designers to bid as the prime contractor on state contracts and recognizes the profession of interior design within the state is now a law. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill in September
House Bill 4303 changes the wording of state law to allow Interior Designers to directly bid on state contracts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As the law had previously stood, Interior Designers could not bid directly on Massachusetts state interior design jobs. State design jobs had to be bid on by an Architect or Engineer, who could then choose to sub-contract to an Interior Designer. This was the case even if the state design job was entirely non-load-bearing and purely an interior design project. The inability of Interior Designers to bid on state contracts lead to increased project costs to the state because of subcontracting, and also limited opportunities for Interior Designers to operate independently. (By contrast, Federal law did and does allow Interior Designers to independently bid on Federal contracts).
Interior Designers go through rigorous and specialized training toward expertise specific to interiors: building codes and systems, health and safety considerations, and evidence-based design grounded in scientific research to create interior environments which foster the well-being of a building's occupants. The passing of House Bill 4303 will now create efficiency and cost savings for Massachusetts by allowing nationally certified Interior Designers to be eligible to bid as the prime for design services and projects that are within their scope of services.
Be an Advocate!
In June 2014, IIDA Headquarters filmed an Advocacy video showing how IIDA Members can advocate at the grassroots level, and make a difference in the polices that affect interior designers at statehouses across the country.
Take a look below!
Know Your Scope 2014:
What is the scope of work for Certified Interior Designers in Virginia?
Who is eligible for CID?
Who regulates CID's?
What codes and regulations govern their role?
Check out this quick fact sheet to learn more!
CCVID at NeoCon East 2014
CCVID will be partnering with MDCID at NeoCon East in Baltimore.
On October 29th, CCVID and the Maryland Coalition of Interior Designers will host a forum titled "Interior Design Legislation in Maryland and Virginia: 5 Things you Need to Know".
Registration is FREE for this event.
Presenters will include Carmella Hart, CID, COEE, LEED AP BD+C, and Christopher M. Good, CID, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP, among others.
Topics will cover current laws, future or pending legislation, the impact of regulation, state certification processes, and a question and answer session.
Please join us October 29th, 2014 at this FREE event!
U.S. House & Supreme Court Consider State Licensing Boards.
On Wednesday March 26, 2014, at 10:00a.m the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing titled, Barriers to Opportunity: Do Occupational Licensing Laws Unfairly Limit Entrepreneurship and Jobs? The hearing was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The purpose of the hearing was to examine occupational licensing laws and the impact these have on business opportunities.
Witnesses included Ms. Rebecca Haw Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and Ms. Patti Morrow, an outspoken opponent of Interior Design regulation.
Ms. Morrow testified at length against Interior Design Regulation specifically.
Her testimony can be found at the following link.
During the Q&A section of the hearing, Rebecca Haw answered a question about the public interest of licensing. She talked about the need for licensing based upon the externality of certain impacts, using engineers as an example (i.e., if the client hires an engineer to build a bridge and the bridge falls down, then in all likelihood other people will be directly harmed by the collapse, not the client).
In an additional regulatory development the Supreme Court will be taking up a case that could make licensing boards subject to antitrust laws. Much of the testimony focused on attacking the “cartels” of state licensing boards that are dominated by the regulated profession. If the Supreme Court upholds the Circuit court ruling, this could have a big impact on the work of state boards.
The case North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stems from cease-and-desist letters sent from the N.C. Dental Board to non-dentist teeth-whitening providers, claiming that they engaged in unauthorized practice of dentistry. The FTC issued an administrative complaint against the dental board, charging it with violating federal antitrust law by excluding non-dentist teeth whiteners from the market.
If affirmed, the appeals court’s decision could potentially strip various state licensing boards of their authority to regulate and protect the public from unlawful practice.
More information on the House hearing and the Supreme Court case can be found at the following links:
A PDF of full testimony from the House hearing is attached below.
CCVID Launches Official Website:
October 1st 2013
We are live! We are proud to officially launch the CCVID website and begin planning for our first legislative events of 2014. In the comming year we hope to engage designers, students, educators, legislators, and the general public through a seriese of legislative and educational outreach opportunities. Look for our updates as we send more information regarding CEU opportunities, meet and greet sessions with legislators, and other events!
Related Regulatory Update - California:
June 21, 2013
On June 14th the California legislature unveiled proposed amended language for SB-308. This bill was drafted without input from interior design stakeholders and poses significant threats to the interior design profession.
The bill removes from the scope of services of interior designers typical services such as producing reflected ceiling plans, horizontal exiting plans, millwork drawings, among others. The bill even goes so far as to remove specific compliance with the California Building Standards Code as it relates to the submission of interior design plans and drawings.
You can read a synopis of the bill's language here:
To get involved please see the call to action from the California Council for Interior Design Certification.
January 9, 2013
House Bill 1641 Professional and Occupational Regulation, Department of; powers and duties of regulatory boards.
The following language is proposed to be changed / modified. The change impacts disciplinary hearings for APELSCIDLA regulants.
CCVID does not have any concerns regarding this language as proposed.
40 9. To provide a regulant subject to a disciplinary action with a notice advising the regulant of his
41 right to be heard at an informal fact-finding conference pursuant to § 2.2-4019 of the Administrative
42 Process Act. The notice shall state that if the regulant does not request an informal fact-finding
43 conference within 30 days of receipt of the notice, the board may issue a case decision as defined in §
44 2.2-4001, with judicial review of the case decision in accordance with § 2.2-4026. The notice required
45 by this subdivision shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested or, if agreed to by the
46 parties, electronic means, provided that the board retains sufficient proof of the electronic delivery,
47 which may be an electronic receipt of delivery, a confirmation that the notice was sent by facsimile, or
48 a certificate of service prepared by the sender confirming the electronic delivery.
Related Reglatory Update - Texas:
December 28, 2012
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Retracts Proposal
As many of you are aware, several months ago the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Staff proposed to eliminate the Texas' Interior Design Registration Program. ASID Government and Public Affairs staff monitored this proposal closely and testified in front of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission in November to reject the Commission's staff proposal and maintain the current registration program. The Society's position was well represented, with strong support from interior design professionals, students and faculty from Stephen F. Austin University, architects, and other design professionals.
In mid-December, the Commission released a report stating that it will maintain the
current registration program. This is exciting news for the industry and the ASID Government and Public Affairs staff will continue to oppose restrictive practice acts and be prepared to swiftly oppose such a recommendation if it is ever formally introduced.
This positive decision was the result of effective and strategic work from a strong coalition of interior design professionals. To build on these efforts, we encourage you to attend our 2013 Legislative Symposium, taking place in Dallas, Feb. 1-3, 2013 at the W Dallas - Victory hotel. Not only will you meet Texas legislators who support the interior design profession and get involved in important policy making that will affect your business, but it is also a great opportunity for you to earn seven IDCEC-approved CEU credits The January 9 deadline to register is quickly approaching!
November 12, 2012
On November 5, 2012, in the continued effort of “Regulatory Reform,” the following Virginia Town Hall Meeting Notice, specific to Certified Interior Designers, was posted. It gives one month for the public to respond to the Department Professional and Occupational Regulation as they conduct a review of the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects regulations. Specifically, they are conducting the review to:
i. Repeal regulations that are unnecessary or no longer in use; and
ii. Reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on individuals, businesses and other regulated groups.
October 22, 2012
Governor McDonnell issued a press release entitled RegReform.Virginia.Gov will serve as one-stop portal for Citizens to Submit Ideas. The press release reads as follows:
“Thank you for your interest in Governor McDonnell's regulatory reform initiative. Governor McDonnell has charged regulatory agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of regulations currently in place and repeal regulations that are unnecessary or no longer in use, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on individuals, businesses, and other regulated groups, and identify statutes that require unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations. The initiative is a natural extension of Governor McDonnell's efforts as Attorney General to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations through his Task Force on Regulatory and Government Reform. The task force made more than 300 recommendations to streamline Virginia's Administrative Code, and reduce burdensome government regulation.
While the regulations contained in the Virginia Administrative Code are important parts of ensuring the safety and well-being of Virginians, these regulations can sometimes also be unnecessarily burdensome on the people and job creators of the Commonwealth. Unnecessary administrative burdens hamper job creation by Virginia employers. Smart regulatory reform will produce a freer and better environment for citizens and businesses. The initiative launched today will result in reduction in regulations and regulatory burdens and I look forward to receiving recommendations from citizens and business people who understand firsthand the intended and unintended consequences of regulations.
As part of this initiative, Governor McDonnell welcomes recommendations from citizens and stakeholders regarding regulations that are overly burdensome and where reform is appropriate.
Submit Regulations for Elimination or Reform, here.”
May 3, 2012
The coalition of CCVID, Principle Advantage, and the many Certified Interior Designers, and interior design students across Virginia worked hard and were successful in delivering an outcome protecting the right to practice and promoting the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the public by maintaining Certification for Certified Interior Designers.
On June 3, 2010, Governor Robert F. McDonnell signed Executive Order #2, establishing the “Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring,” with one of the many goals being, “Identify opportunities for creating efficiencies in state government, including streamlining, consolidating, or eliminating redundant and unnecessary agency services, governing bodies, regulations and programs.” In this vein, the “Government Simplification & Operations Committee,” was created to review the different state agencies and find ways to make them more efficient. They recommended consolidating and eliminating boards and commissions, which ultimately included a recommendation for what they called, “de-regulation” of Certified Interior Designers.
It appeared there had not been much discussion regarding the Certified Interior Designers until very late in the process. Additionally, it seemed none of the Certified Interior Designers who served on Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations’ (DPOR) Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA) had been consulted, or their opinions and concerns sought with regard to de-regulation. As a result, the Commission made its recommendation to the Governor to “de-regulate” Certified Interior Designers. Principle Advantage, Ltd. was contacted when CCVID was notified by Landscape Architects that their certification was in jeopardy.
In his attempt to address the recommendations for the restructuring of state government, the Governor opted to do it in one omnibus bill in the 2012 General Assembly Session. The following resolutions were the first required step to do so: HJ49 and SJ66. Once those resolutions went through the General Assembly’s committee process, the Governor sent to each the House and the Senate the following bills: HB1291 and SB678. These bills reflected the committee outcome for each of the resolutions.
CCVID, Partnered with Principle Advantage a Virginia lobbying firm, implemented a robust strategy of outreach and lobbying that included a grassroots campaign that engaged certified interior designers from around the state, outreach to the Governor’s Administration as well as key committee members in the House and Senate, presentations in committee, and an ultimately successful effort to have the language removed from the legislation.
Stay tuned to recent updates and news regarding Certified Interior Designers:
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