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The Deregulation Movement
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newly-elected state and federal officials all uniﬁed on a platform with one simple idea: government, at all levels, is too big. In an attempt to honor their campaign promises to cut spending and reduce government inﬂuence, many governors and state legislators have looked toward what they believe is a quick solution—deregulating professions which they deem unnecessary to regulate.
the proposed commercial work. In effect, it allows a designer to design to the fullest extent of his or her abilities. Even though interior design licensure offers clear beneﬁts to the State of Florida, earlier this year, the state’s legislature considered H.B. 5005, a measure which aimed to deregulate interior design (among other professions). It was only following an aggressive communications and direct advo-
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Interior designers must remain vigilant … and stand behind one unified message: that interior design licensure expands opportunities and promotes competition.
While the belief that deregulation of certain professions will reduce government waste and create jobs may be legitimate in the case of some professions, deregulation of the interior design profession would lead to a nearly opposite result. The interior design profession is unique compared to other regulated professions in that, rather than restricting the ability to practice in the profession, interior design licensure actually creates job opportunities. The existing interior design licensure in Florida exempliﬁes this distinction. The current Florida law is a voluntary licensing program. No one is forced to become licensed and those that choose not to apply for a license are not prevented from practicing interior design work. Rather, the beneﬁt gained by licensing is that a designer who has demonstrated their knowledge, skill and ability to the state may create and submit non-structural drawings in order to apply for permits related to cacy campaign led by ASID and the Interior Design Association of Florida that the Senate defeated the bill by a vote of 32–6. The defeat of H.B. 5005 stands as a clear victory for all interior designers, yet the deregulation movement in Florida and across the country remains a concern. The interior design profession will continue to be confronted by similar opposition to existing licensure laws and proposed legislation as long as misinformation campaigns exist. Despite the threat posed by the deregulation movement, interior designers are armed with the best defense of all—the truth. It is up to the entire profession to be vocal in support of licensure. Interior designers must remain vigilant against misleading campaigns, such as the one faced in Florida, and stand behind one uniﬁed message: that interior design licensure expands opportunities and promotes competition. The future of professional interior design depends on it. i
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