After a week of fighting a bill to deregulate professions including interior design in the state of Florida, ASID and IIDA announced that the Florida Senate defeated the bill.
“We are pleased the Florida Senate took the time necessary to thoughtfully consider the negative implications of eliminating commercial interior design registration,” said Don Davis, ASID Director of Government and Public Affairs. “The Senate’s decision to vote down H.B. 5005 is in the best interest of Floridians and the state’s economy.”
The Senate’s decision to vote will allow Florida’s more than 2,800 registered interior designers to continue in their current practice.
“Licensing in Florida has created a robust design industry that employs thousands of Floridians and contributes significantly to the economy,” said Allison Levy, IIDA Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. “This vote by the Florida Senate ensures interior designers’ continued opportunity to contribute to their fullest capabilities.”
ASID and IIDA strongly support voluntarily licensing that provides expanded practice opportunities for interior designers, allowing qualified designers to work independently in code-based built environments.