News Senate Bill # 178 will be heard by
the Joint Committee Consumer Protection and Professional
Licensure on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10:00 am at the Massachusetts
State House in Hearing Room A-1.
Bill 178 and House
Bill 3209 introduced by a Monopolist
Cartel called the MIDC, threaten to impose anti-competitive
licensing requirements and a restrictive Practice Act on all
Interior Designers in Massachusetts. If passed, this legislation
will be disastrous for practicing interior designers, interior
design firms, interior design students, suppliers and trades
Historically, the Interior Design Profession has accommodated
a wide diversity of practitioners with different backgrounds,
credentials, and qualifications. SB
178 and HB 3209
would change all of that overnight, transforming the Massachusetts
interior design community into a rigid, one-size-fits-all environment
that would benefit neither the profession nor the public.
While many working Massachusetts interior designers would be
devastated by the proposed legislation, they are certainly not
the only ones would be hurt. Consider the many ways in which
SB 178 and HB
3209 will impact the interior design community
and the public:
who do not meet the strict requirements of a four-year degree
in interior design plus NCIDQ certification will no longer be
able to practice interior design in Massachusetts.
beginning in the profession who do not meet NCIDQ requirements
will be forced to go back to school and work as low paid interns
under NCIDQ designers.
who do have a 4 year interior design degree will suffer from
a massive reduction in the pool of potential employers and may
never be able to take the NCIDQ if they can’t find a NCIDQ
face a diminished roster of clients for their products and services.
Showrooms at the
Boston Design Center will face a decrease in business causing
them to either go out of business or cut back on the number
of lines they represent.
Interior Design partnerships and
corporations could be forced to add licensed
interior designer partners and staff to their firms.
Out of state designers will
be subject to the new Massachusetts statutes, and will be barred
from practicing in the state if they are not licensed.
Kitchen Design Showrooms, Furniture
Stores, Design-Build Contractors and General Contractors
could be forced to add licensed interior designer partners and
staff to their firms if they wish to market interior design
who do manage to get licensed will be subject to audit and regulation
from a new Interior Design Board which will have the power to
Take Action to Oppose this Unwarranted and Discriminatory
Here are some steps you can follow to help ensure the defeat
of Senate Bill 178.
at the July 10 Hearing
The hearing is scheduled for:
Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 am Hearing Room A-1 in the Massachusetts
The Joint Committee of Consumer Protection and Professional
Licensure will hear testimony relating to the Interior Design
Practice Act (Senate Bill 178).
Call Committee Members of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection
and Professional Licensure to voice your opposition:
Here Are Some Talking Points on SB 178:
- Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 178 is an effort by a Special
Interest Group to Create a Monopoly on the Practice of Interior
Design. It would prevent a majority of legitimate Interior
Designers from practicing their trade.
- All Interior Designers will be required to get a state
license to practice interior design as defined by the statute.
- Research has shown that there is no threat to public health,
safety or welfare requiring government regulation of the interior
- To acquire a state license, Interior Designers must become
eligible to take, and pass the NCIDQ exam. A college degree
in interior design is mandatory to become eligible to take
the NCIDQ exam.
- Un-licensed interior designers will be subject to heavy
fines if they market themselves as an interior designer on
their website, business card and all forms of advertising.
3. Contact the
Bill Sponsors and ask them to withdraw their sponsorship.
||Sponsor of SB 178:
Senator Cynthia Creem
||Sponsor of HB 3209:
Representative Louis L. Kafka
Frank M. Hynes
||Co-Sponsor: Senator James
4. Write & Phone
Your Legislators and Local Representatives
Write your legislators and encourage them to oppose Senate
Bill 178/House Bill 3209.
Find your Legislators & Representatives
Sample Letter to Legislators word
document or html
If writing by e-mail, be sure to include your address, because
legislators usually respond by post.
5. Contact The MIDC
Contact the Board Members of MIDC www.midclink.org
and tell them that you are opposed to their monopolistic efforts
to restrict the practice of Interior Design in the Commonwealth
6. Register With
The Interior Design Freedom Coalition
Register on our site
to voice your opinion
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